Lincoln day care stays open during winter storm

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As schools close for the winter storm, many kids in Lincoln need a place to go.

At least one day care, KidsPark, is staying open to meet that demand.

The day care near 14th Street and Old Cheney Road said it is ready to take in more kids on Thursday, even if it is just for a couple hours.

“We kind of have a game plan when we have the non-school days or when we think that LPS is going to be closed,” said Jacqueline Nieto, a teacher there.

Parents can do “drop-ins” without calling in or registering ahead of time.

They will pay at the end of the day instead of signing contracts.

“You would only pay for the time that your child is in our care,” Nieto said.

She said that this time of year, it can be difficult for parents to find help with child care.

“We have some single parents who don’t have other family members here in Lincoln who can watch their kids, and they have to go to work,” Nieto said.

The day care has room for up to 60 kids, and it’s open to kids ages 18 months to 10 years.

The rate for one school-age kid is $10 per hour or $70 for a full day. For each additional sibling, you’ll pay $5.50 an hour.

KidsPark is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and stays open until 11 p.m. on Friday.

Nieto said the day care always has a couple of workers on call in case a lot of children show up.

She said KidsPark is planning on staying open until the weather becomes too dangerous for its own workers to travel.

Nieto said many people can’t miss work, so they depend on the day care staying open even when other places are closed.

“I’m sure a lot of families in the community wouldn’t have anywhere else to leave their children or have anyone to trust,” she said. “And it’s wonderful that they can trust us with their kids.”

If you need child care, you can register on its website.

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