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Day Care Providers Busy After School Closings

January 6, 2014, 5:03 PM by Leland Steva

Day Care Providers Busy After School Closings

The cold weather forced Sioux Falls public and private schools to close their doors. That decision also opened the door for more children in area day cares.

Kid's Crossing is a day care on the south side of Sioux Falls. The director says there weren't as many younger kids at the center Monday because some parents are teachers who also had the day off. Still, the center was close to capacity when it came to school-age children.

The cold weather has left school playgrounds empty, but there are still plenty of children at the Kid's Crossing day care.

"Our school age program today has 95 percent of our school-agers here," Director Leah Moody said.

With the extra children running around, the center had to bring in more teachers. Yet with a day to prepare, Moody says she had enough time to get the extra staff.

"Thankfully we knew already yesterday afternoon that the school had cancelled so I was able to call in some subs. One of our teachers works with the bussing program for the school so we had already established on Friday that if she didn't work for them then we would need her here," Moody said.

While some day care providers are closed Monday, Moody says it's very rare for Kid's Crossing to close its doors.

"Our policy is we are opened until the city of Sioux Falls Downtown Offices and Transit Systems close, so we are almost always here," Moody said.

Leaving workers at the day care to do all they can to keep the kids warm inside.

"We help parents if they have multiple kids, getting them to and from the door into the classroom so they don't have to be waiting outside or running back and forth to get kids.  Just reminding everyone to bundle up. We have extra hats and gloves, if kids don't have them, they can borrow or use if they need them. Try to stay in and stay warm," Moody said.

Social media was a big help in getting the word out to parents. Once a decision was made in Sioux Falls, the center went to its Facebook page to let parents know its doors would be open.

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