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Parents struggling to find childcare options

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 18:08:38-04

(LEX 18) — With schools closing temporarily across the nation to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 many parents are now having to scramble to find suitable childcare options.

Alivia Marks is a mother of three and she admits she's one of the lucky ones, she's going to school full time, and last week her classes were moved online but with a 9-month-old, 5-year-old, and 8-year-old at home, she doesn't think she will be getting in a lot of school work in, but she doesn't feel like daycare is a safe alternative, "Parents have to go to work and make money for the family, so now we are just putting them in another environment with maybe more kids, bigger groups, they are still getting exposed, I honestly feel like it would be better if they were in school," says Marks.

Some parents are uniting together to watch kids, Marks has volunteered to help, and others are taking to Facebook to offer help. Darla Sturgill is a mother of one, with a flexible work schedule and says she would be more than glad to help someone out, "Everyone is just trying to help each other out, we all know it's not something we have control over, and not everyone has a great support system."