My school-age kid is hitting the books as usual today, but many little one’s throughout Fort Collins are enjoying a break for a couple of days. Like it or not, with the holidays just around the corner, this is just the beginning. In addition to periodic teacher work days, the lengthy Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break are fast approaching. In a society where most households have two parents working full-time, this presents a challenge.
So, what is a working parent to do?
Ideally, you can find a no-cost or very low-cost option:
- Take a paid vacation day and enjoy the extra time with the kids.
- Call on friends or relatives for help.
- Work out a babysitting swap with other parents who find themselves in a bind.
- Join The Boys & Girls Club for $5.00.
If those options don’t work for you and you’re willing to pay a bit extra, here are some others to consider:
- Register for a School Out Day with B.A.S.E. Camp.
- Drop-in childcare is available at KidsTown, for up to 6 hours.
- Hire a student for the day. High school students may want to take advantage of the opportunity to earn a bit of money. Or, post for free on CSU’s student employment board to hire a college student.
- Some local gyms and childcare centers offer care during school breaks. Check with your favorites for specifics, or check out a couple of our sponsors over there on the right side of the screen.
- Check The Recreator for upcoming events on school breaks.
- The Environmental Learning Center offers Great School Escapes and other programming during school breaks.
What other options have you discovered for dealing with school breaks?