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Parents frantic after Kids R Kids childcare shutters doors unexpectedly

Posted at 5:20 PM, Mar 02, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-02 18:02:43-05

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Kids R Kids childcare will shut its doors Friday, March 6, and parents were just informed last week.

"A lot of parents have been taking it hard and have been upset by it," said Jamie Prowse, one of the nearly 200 parents impacted.

Prowse said he received an email from the site's owners last week. He also said that since he is close with the owners, he is not expressing outrage like some.

"I'm sure they did all that they could," Prowse said.  "It's going to be harder for parents which have formed relationships."

But did Kids R Kids break any laws by providing a week's notice to parents? According to the Department of Social Services, the answer is no.

Sharon Veatch with Childcare Aware, an advocacy group for parents seeking childcare, said there are no laws requiring facilities to give parents more advance notice.

"We have some childcare providers who have given hours and told parents don't bring them back tomorrow," Veatch said.

Veatch told CBS 6 that her agency has reached out to Kids R Kids owners to provide assistance if needed. They have a number set up for parents struggling to find childcare at 1-866-KIDS-TLC.

"Sometimes there are year waiting lists to get into another facility," Veatch said.

According to Prowse, he says families are not struggling so far with over 50 percent of families finding new sites. He signed up with Minnieland, where about 50 other parents have too.

"New set of toys, same friends," Prowse said.