Aug 17, 2022

Wiles: More child care survey respondents needed

Posted Aug 17, 2022 5:27 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Dr. Bradford Wiles with Kansas State University told Hutch Post Wednesday that he has about a third of the number of responses they need for good data on the Reno County child care survey.

"Honestly, we need more responses from the community," Wiles said. "It's important that we get as many voices as we can. You don't have to be part of the childcare world. If you're just a resident of Reno County or you work in Reno County, we would like your information. We want your perspective. We ask questions about their perceptions of childcare and what they see as needs in their communities."

You can take the survey here.

"I plan to keep it open for another two weeks," Wiles said. "We really want to understand what those who are looking for care and those who have care are experiencing. Often, for those who have care, it's really suboptimal. What I mean by that is, okay, so you have care for one of your children at one place and another of your children at another, or you have care, but it's bouncing between mom's house, an aunt and uncle's house, to sister's house."

They are also still looking for focus group members.

"You won't make the kinds of improvements that you need, if you don't have the full perspective," Wiles said. "If you do that, you get a $25 gift certificate to Walmart or Dillons or Amazon."

If you have questions about the focus groups, you can call Danielle Skurka at 785-532-1939.