Snow days leave parents to find alternative day care

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Mother Nature’s fury has hit Rochester for the past week; canceling school for many students around the area. And for fifth grader, Noah Wittmer, he’s loving it.

“Even though its been long, like a lot of days off of school – its been really fun,” said Noah Wittmer.

But for parents, they might disagree.

“Parents do have to go to work sometimes. Even if you have lousy weather, sometimes parents have to work. They might be doctors and nurses,” said Michael Hofmann, wonder of Browncroft Day Care Center. 

That’s why Michael Hofmann keeps Browncroft Dare Care Center open for his clients.
 
“We’ve been doing this for 51 years and we’ve never had to close. We have an amazing staff that always shows up,” Hofmann said.
 
In light of recent storms, other facilities have open up emergency day camps.
 
At the YMCA Fun Club, kids can play and have fun on their snow day, while their parents are at work.
 
“So we have our program starting at 7am and parents can bring their kids here to start at 7am and we have them here all the way till 6pm at night,” said James Lacagnina, Program Director at the Bay View Family YMCA. 
 
Over one thousand kids participated in the Y’s “Fun Club” today and each day last week. 
And people who utilize the service do not have to be a member of the YMCA.  “Fun Club” has become one of Noah’s favorite places to be.

“Even though not all my friends are here, I get to have fun with friends I don’t normally see all the time,” he said. 

Whether kids are baking bread or playing gym games, these day care centers have been a success. Allowing parents to *maybe* enjoy snowdays as much as the kids.

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