Moms concerned about day care shortage in south Hillsborough Co.

Seven in-home day cares scheduled to open to help
Posted at 5:35 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 17:35:23-04

Cynthia Acevedo quit her job after she couldn't find affordable child care in the Wimauma area.

"I wanted my kids to hit the ground running, but that wasn't really anything around where we were at so I stayed at home and did that," said Acevedo.

She is now helping out other working moms with young children.

"I've decided to start a child care center with my mother," said Acevedo.

They are turning a church into a child care center. They will accept several families and provide affordable care for them.

"I'm really excited about it, because it's something the community really needs," said Acevedo.

Enterprising Latinas founder, Elizabeth Gutierrez helped Acevedo with the funding and paperwork. The nonprofit is helping seven moms get certified to be at home caregivers.

"There is definitely a need for this, we have seven-hundred young children in this area," said Gutierrez.

She said the group is hoping to add more day cares in the future.

"They can become providers for themselves, they can create employment opportunities for others and at the same time they can be a part of a solution to a problem," said Gutierrez.