Child Care on Snow Days


Another storm dropped several inches of snow in the Twin Tiers Wednesday night, making for school delays and cancelations.

While it may be what most children hope for, situations like this can always put a little extra stress on parents. That is when having another option already planned comes in handy.

“Most families rely on family friends, or they use a child care program as a backup,” Executive Director for the Chemung County Child Care Council Ruth A. Harvey said. “Or they work with an employer if there is some flexibility there. They might work from home. They might be able to flex their schedule to come in a little bit later, or work a little bit later.”

In some situations, for scheduled days off, organizations like the YWCA come in handy.

“We give them breakfast in the morning,” Director of School Age Child Care Programs at the YWCA Debbie Semski said. “We do arts and crafts with the kids. We have a gym here, we take them to the gym. We have a playground here we take them to. Also, they get a chance to go swimming in our pool.”

Flexibility with employers is helpful when it comes to last minute cancelations.

“In my line of work, our office is very kid friendly,” parent Shaun Marks said. “We enjoy having the time with the little ones around, so my daughter comes to the office quite often.”

For some parents, a snow day for their kids means a snow day for them. That is a great excuse to get outside with the sled.

“I’m in the profession of teaching,” parent April Creeley said. “When there is a snow day, I also get to enjoy the day as well. We like to come to Cohen. It is a great place to sled.”

“It’s my day off,” parent James Cacala said. “Everybody has their days off, but we have to come out for the kids.”

“We decided to come out in the afternoon, it’s a little bit warmer,” parent Deborah Farren said. “We wanted to have some fun, get some exercise out with the kids, and enjoy this beautiful day.”

The YWCA in Elmira offers a variety of programs for child care, click here to learn more.

The Chemung County Child Care Council offers help in finding child care, click here to learn more.

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