Franklin centers fill up fast


Four-year-old Ethan Sullivan plays with a wooden train Thursday at the Johnson Memorial Hospital Discovery Child Development Center. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

If you want to get a child into a day care in Franklin, you’ll likely need to get on a waiting list before the baby is even conceived.

Waiting lists at day cares in Franklin are long, and a center near Interstate 65 in Franklin that was licensed for more than 100 children closed about a month ago, which has led to even longer lists at local day cares that are already full. For example, more than 90 children are on a waiting list to get into the Discovery Child Development Center at Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Franklin has nine licensed day care centers and home day cares, with a maximum capacity of about 400 children, according to the Indiana Bureau of Child Care. But most centers run day-to-day with slightly fewer children than they’re licensed for, so the actual capacity is less. Greenwood and the Center Grove area have more than twice as many day cares and preschools as Franklin and more than three times the capacity, according to state licensing records.

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