NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11 News) ―
With more North Texas schools closing because of the H1N1/swine flu outbreak -- many parents are left wondering what to do about childcare.
Even though many daycare centers across the metroplex are still taking kids, they want to stress that children shouldn't come if they're sick.
The Tarrant County Health Department made it clear, after closing the Fort Worth Independent School District, that kids should not be put in other group settings - like daycares.
Since the school closures, North Texas 'Nannies On the Go' locations have been swamped. "They [parents] don't want to take their kids to daycare or they are scared to take them to school but they still have things to do," said Becca Epps with Nannies On the Go.
Epps works as a nanny for the Brown family. "We've always been skeptical of daycares," explained BJ Brown; who said Epps was hired so their family could avoid situations like the one going on now.
Some parents, like Cristi Kanapkey, are looking to give a helping hand. "There has got to be a lot of parents out there that need help with their children," explained Kanapkey.
The North Texas mother is one of dozens of parents who has placed on posting on craigslist.com, offering to babysit children who are suddenly out of school.
Police advise adults going to a craigslist posting, or trying to find any babysitter, to thoroughly check out the individual they plan to leave their child with.CBS 11 News found a helpful website, that's run by a non-profit organization, that can't help in the search for quality childcare in your communities. Click here for a list of child care resource and referral agencies, on the Child Care Aware website.
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