Tangletown child care co-op closing

TANGLETOWN — After more than 40 years of operation, the child care co-op “Friday Morning Out” is closing at Mayflower United Church of Christ on Diamond Lake Road.

The program gives parents a few hours off for a nominal fee each week, and it will end in June. The closure will provide more space for Mayflower Early Childhood Center’s steadily expanding five-day-per-week classes.

A similar program called Minneapolis Mother’s Morning Out at 48th & France also closed this year.

Friday Morning Out Director Debbie Keyes said much of the childcare available in the Minneapolis area seems to be geared toward dual-income families, and there are few limited-hour options.

“There is not a lot out there,” she said. “We’re keeping our ears open for other things.”

Judson Preschool, for example, is considering a new Friday morning preschool class next fall. The Edina Family Center offers drop-in child care, and the Friday Play Room at Carondelet Catholic School cares for children five and under.

“It’s really meant to be a support for stay-at-home moms,” said Mary Beth Stotts, Friday Play Room director. “For some moms, that might be the only three hours they get a week to get some things done.”