Tasha Brown opened her day care center to cater to first- and
second-shift parents two years ago, but some neighbors believe
Brown and the kids should also spend some time catering to them.
On Wednesday, the Plan Commission delayed a decision on a permit
for the SchoolCare Learning Center in the President’s Plaza
Shopping Center on Sunset Drive after neighbors complained about
noise and hours of operation.
Karen Greenacre, who lives near the day care center with her
husband Steve, told the commission Wednesday night that she
hasn’t even taken out her patio furniture yet this year because
the noise of children playing on the weekends is too loud.
Greenacre suggested having the commission limit outdoor play
time to 30 minutes per session, limit the number of children
outside at one time and restrict weekend hours for outdoor play.
Brown said SchoolCare Learning Center is open from 6 a.m. to
midnight every day, but children are never outdoors after 5 p.m.
out of respect for the neighbors’ complaints, which she said
began last year after an outdoor barbecue that ended at 8 p.m.
She said soon after that, she began getting rude emails and
even hearing people yell at the children to keep it down.
"We’re trying to work with (the neighbors) because these are
kids and I don’t want them hearing people yelling out the window
for them to shut up," Brown said.
Brown opened the day care center in that location in 2012
with not only parents who work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but also
second-shift parents in mind.
"I wanted to give parents the ability to not pass up a job
because they couldn’t find day care, because I actually had to
do that in my own life," said Brown, who has five children of
her own. "This is something I wanted to offer the community
because I remember the struggle."
Brown said she and her staff have tried to address the
concerns by attempting to keep the kids’ voices down when
they’re outside. And the staff members no longer use a whistle
to tell kids when it’s time to line up or when they’re getting
out of line.
Steve Greenacre said he and his wife didn’t choose to live
next to a day care center
they chose to live beside a parking lot.
"The fact that we can really no longer use our yard during
large sections of the day seems counterintuitive to what should
be fair and right," he said. "We’re not here to deny these
people a permit. We’re here to work with them."
Commissioner Kevin Larson thanked Brown for her service to
the community and said he was thankful to have attended school
when kids were allowed to play outside and come in when a
"There’s nothing more refreshing than having children’s
voices playing outside in 2014," Larson said.
Commissioner Joan Francoeur suggested having Brown and her
staff work with city staff and neighbors to develop a plan that
works for everyone.
Community Development Specialist Jeff Fortin said the item
will be addressed during the next Plan Commission meeting.