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Child care options for strike-stranded kids

Updated: September 11, 2012 11:53AM



Chicago parents in a bind because of the teachers’ strike have options for child care and some last-minute possibilities for extending summer camp into the fall.

One example is Lakeshore Sport & Fitness at 1320 W. Fullerton, which renewed its summer camp until the strike ends and had 30 children enrolled on Monday.

In addition to the 144 contingency schools set up by Chicago Public Schools (www.cps.edu/childrenfirst),

For a map showing the contingency schools as well as scores of churches and other sites that will be open to CPS schoolchildren, check the map at Suntimes.com. In addition several Chicago Park District parks are offering camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate strike-stranded children. For a list, go to the park district website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/programs/children-first-programming/).

A number of private groups also have extended their daycare or camp options for parents who need to place their children.

Lakeshore’s camp, which had originally ended on Aug. 31, runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $80 per child each day for Lakeshore members and $100 per child each day for non-members. Activities include sports, dancing, swimming, arts and crafts and trips to the park.

Interested parents should contact camp director Eric Eyerman at (773) 770-2422 or erice@lakeshoresf.com.

Sue Zeiler, founder of ChicagoKids.com, said parents may try these alternatives:

♦Get free curricula for their children at home-schooling web sites and home-schooling groups.

♦Link up with other parents to pool resources such as taking turns watching the children and carpooling.

♦Ask relatives, grandparents and others to help.

♦For parents of children with special needs, resources exist such as http://chicagoplayproject.com/chicago-teachers-strike-and-students-with-autism/.

♦The ChicagoKids Facebook page lists more resources at www.facebook.com/pages/Chicago-Kids/146198745396261.



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