SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As Sacramento City teachers hit the picket lines for a third day on Friday, families rushed to find daycare for their students and found one at a free day camp for children from kindergarten to 12th grade.
All 76 schools are closed as protests continue, with many looking for activities for their children.
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Emereti Martinez dropped the kids off at day camp to keep to a schedule. Her work is flexible, but not everyone is so lucky.
“Yeah, it’s hard,” she said.
“I do home care,” said another day camp mother. “It was crazy trying to juggle taking them to the store and things like that, with me trying to do it all.”
And after a few days of protesters on the picket lines, everyone was in agreement.
“They were already driving each other crazy,” Martine said.
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That’s why dozens of families have enrolled children in day camp at the La Familia Maple Neighborhood Center in South Sacramento.
“We have coloring pages. We are going to put together a movie for them, outdoor activities with them, and then some of the games that we have already implemented in our ongoing programs,” said a day camp worker.
With negotiations between Sacramento City Unified, teachers and staff stalled and picketers still protesting, parents are wondering what will happen to their children’s curriculum.
“Only one of my girls got a package,” Martinez said. “The other got nothing.”
The neighborhood center is ready for the mission if negotiations fail and schools, after-school activities and sports remain closed.
“We have our health department, our career center, our Birth and Beyond program, our mental health program, our health team. Everyone is here,” the worker said. “If this continues, our goal and our vision is to continue this program next week. The need is still there. »
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This day camp center had 100 places available. Informations about how to register can be found here for next week if the two sides are still at an impasse.