Summer vacation means child-care stress for many parents

Primary and intermediate schools in the Navarre area let out June 1, and for many parents with children ages 5-12, this means finding somebody to look after the little ones.

This is even more difficult for the 46 percent of families with both parents working full time according to the Pew Research Center in 2015.

Sally Smith is the working mother of two children, ages 5 and 8. Smith is the primary provider of care for her children during the day, but she says sometimes work does interfere.

“I pay $10 an hour when I have to,” Smith said. “I don’t have any family in the area. It would be cool not to have to pay somebody to watch your kids.”

Smith is not alone. According to the U.S. Census Bureau 50 percent of all grade-school children in the U.S. were in some type of child-care arrangement other than a parent in 2011.

These included all-day, child-care facility or home-day care, summer camps, individual nannies, baby sitters, free programs and relatives providing care.

Read the full article in the June 9 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online to your community newspaper.

Grandmothers Sandra Jernigan and Suzie Saba watch out for the family children during the first week of summer break. Saba said she keeps the children a few times a week while their parents are working.

Grandmothers Sandra Jernigan and Suzie Saba watch out for the family children during the first week of summer break. Saba said she keeps the children a few times a week while their parents are working.

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