Parents feel the pinch of day 1 of teacher walkout

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Parents felt the pinch of Arizona's historic teacher walkout and got a taste of what tomorrow and next week could look like. 

It made Valley grandmother Karen Ballantyne's day very hectic. 

"I have to get up earlier and bring him here and take care of that. And work is harder," she explained as she picked up her 10-year-old grandson from Mountain Park Church in Ahwatukee.

"I wasn’t downtown today because of the protest and knew it would be crowded and I needed to go down there but I chose not to."

[RELATED: 50,000 AZ teachers & supporters march, rally in historic strike]

Kathy Micklos described her week as "tumultuous."

She added, "Obviously, we have today and tomorrow figured out, but just not knowing what's going to happen next week. Going forward, it's just kinda stressful. What do you do?"

[RELATED: Scottsdale business brings babysitter to office to help parents dealing with teacher strike]

City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation officials told AZ Family Thursday night they're prepared to provide free childcare Friday, Monday and until the teacher strike is over.

Some parents didn't go to work today to help others.

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"I just believe so much in what they were fighting for, so I brought my kids with me to help watch other kids so that parents can go to work," said Malissa Hamidy.

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Maria HechanovaMaria’s last name is pronounced HETCH-UH-NO-VAH. She joined the 3TV/CBS 5 News team in July 2017, but is no stranger to Arizona.

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Maria Hechanova

Prior to moving to Phoenix, she spent four years in Tucson reporting for KOLD News 13 and KMSB FOX 11 covering wildfires, VA transportation issues, and Southern Arizona's largest school district.

Before that, she worked for WLNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan where she learned a lot about the auto industry and almost never took off her parka.

Maria also reported in Yuma where she had the incredible opportunity to fly with the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and cover countless military homecomings.

She got her start at KPHO in 2008 as a college intern and is happy to be back and working with professionals who helped shape her career.

Shortly after college, Maria landed an internship with the TODAY Show in New York City thanks to the help of the Asian American Journalists Association.

She graduated from Northern Arizona University where she was also a member of the women's swimming and diving team.

Maria grew up in the Valley and went to Ironwood High School in Glendale.

When not reporting the news, she’s hunting for the best carne asada tacos or bowl of pho, swimming laps, or hanging out with her USMC veteran husband and rescued Shih Tzu.

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you also can find Maria at @MariaHechanovaTV on Instagram.

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