Erin Yost of Neosho has dreamed of opening her own daycare center for several years. Now, thanks to a grant from the Economic Security Corporation, she is able to do just that.

“I’ve just always love being around kids and I love taking care of people. It’s always kin of been in the back of my mind that I wanted to do this,” Yost says.

“This is a win-win, because Erin gets to open her own business, we establish more child care for infants and toddlers and working families are able to get quality child care,” says Early Head Start Director Jeff Goldammer.

Yost is only permitted to take in six small children at her center. While there are spots open, she is only taking in kids with the Early Head Start program at this time. 

“I’ve got four enrolled right now. I’ve got one who is a four month old and then I have three who are two year olds,” Yost says.

However, while she is only allowed to do this, she is happy to aid parents who need a place to send their toddlers.

“It’s a huge need especially for this age range, birth to two. When I had my daughter, when she was little, we didn’t have a lot of options for childcare especially under two. Most day cares only take two and over,” Yost says.

Parents of children outside of Early Head Start can inquire with Yost about taking in their child in the near future.

“They’ll need to talk to Early Head Start in Neosho and they can get them set up,” Yost says.