PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Several school districts have canceled class, hoping to prevent coronavirus. For many working parents, they have no place to take their kids.

"If you're a single mom like I am, that's a big deal," said Heidi Clapham, a mom in Gilbert. "I don't have a lot of options either." 

Childcare options available following coronavirus school closures

The Boys and Girls Club heard concerns like Clapham's and stepped up."This morning, we came into a lot of frantic parents all throughout the Valley, wondering what they were going to do because, unfortunately, many of them aren't in jobs where they can telecommunicate," said Marcia Mintz, CEO of Boys and Girls Club of East Valley-Metro Phoenix.

Most branches will start extending their hours on Monday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members won't be charged extra. The cost for non-members depends on income.

"We do provide scholarships for parents," said Mintz. "It could cost anywhere from $25 a month, up to $100 a month for services." That will include two meals and a snack.

Some employers like Honeywell and Intel will let staff work from home. Intel told Arizona's Family it will also reimburse employees for up to 15 days of childcare.

"One of my greatest friends, she has no options, so her son does have to go to work with her if that isn't an option," said Clapham. "She's trying to talk to her boss to see if she can work from home."

It's really expensive to keep the Boys and Girls Club open extra hours. "We are asking the community to really help us and lean in and really give us the resources we need for the families who need us most," said Mintz.

The Springs Preschool in Chandler said it is opening special slots for school-aged kids who have a closed school, and it's waiving registration fees.

It has ten spots available and says it will cost $155 a week and will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

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