The learning center is part of a chain based in Texas. It partners with employers, frequently those in the health care industry, to offer site-based child care at discounted rates for employees.
The Baltimore location gives preference to the children of federal employees, at a discount of between 10 percent to 15 percent. The center's infant rate for the general public is about $14,000 per year.
Both of Ann Walsh's children attended Children's Choice Learning Center. Her eldest daughter has graduated to a city school, and her toddler son is there now.
"We would like to stay there because we really like the staff and the organization and the care," said Walsh, who lives in Patterson Park. Still, she's put her son on a waiting list at another facility and is exploring the idea of a temporary nanny or family care until he turns 2 and more options open up.
"Every time a center in this city closes, all the other centers are flooded," said Walsh, who works for the state department of health.
Late last year, the learning center sent families a letter saying that the SSA planned to relocate to a new building and the facility would close in June 2014. Later, the closing date was moved to December.
Plachez was devastated. She has collected 1,000 petition signatures and contacted politicians and city leaders to advocate on behalf of Children's Choice Learning Center, hoping it will extend the deadline or turn up a new partnership that will keep the center going.
"My son is so happy there, I want to keep him there," said Plachez, whose eldest son also attended the learning center. "The best thing for everybody is to keep the center open."