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Parents turn to childcare after school closings

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(01/27/14) - Another day of no class for some district now means some parents will have to scramble to find childcare.

The polar blast is taking a toll on pocketbooks.

Some parents say in the past few weeks, they have had to dish out a few hundred dollars extra for childcare.

That's money they weren't expecting to spend.

The brutal temps are changing many parents everyday routine.

"Getting up early, trying to find a sitter. Stressful," said Dave Dunn.

Many parents are turning to daycares now that their children will have to experience another day of canceled class.

When that happens, daycares like Little People's Playhouse in Flushing see an additional 30 kids walk into the doors a day.

"We have to be prepared for it so we do have somebody that we keep on call just for that reason, especially in this last month," said Julie Hamlin with Little People's Playhouse.

"The downfall is that we're cooped up inside so we do have to find extra activities for the kids to do to keep them moving. Large muscle activities," Hamlin said.

The daycare has reached capacity. Although they're seeing an increase in their bottom line, parents can't say the same about their wallets.

"Everyday school is canceled that's an extra $25," said Andrea Thelen, a parent.

With wind chill advisories in effect until Wednesday, parents aren't so sure if they can afford for their kids to miss another day of school.

"Paying more money that I wasn't expecting to this time of year. We just moved, so money is a little tight right now. I can't wait until summer," Thelen said.

Although a lot of schools are canceled, many daycares tell ABC12 that the only time they close is when there's a state of emergency in effect.

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