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Daycare? What Daycare?

My son came home the other day and announced that the following Thursday and Friday the daycare would be closed so he would be going to work with me. Oh really? Did he have a note or paper from the daycare about this? Nope. They just told him. The next day I asked about it at the school. Yes, they would be closed. No, no notice was sent home. I said that I had to work, so what was their plan for the kids? Silence. I asked, since you are closing this facility, and it is a weekday, and people have to work, and I paid for the whole week, are the kids going to one of your other facilities? Ummm, no. You should call the supervisor. OK. I called the supervisor. Yes, they are closed Thursday, Friday and didn't you know - also the next Tuesday (Monday is Labor Day, so then, too). Didn't you know? Well, no, I didn't know. Well it was in the brochure. Perhaps this is karma because I had pointed out to her that she was not doing any lesson plans that were in the brochure. I checked and sure enough, there it was. At the bottom of the page, a tiny asterisk in about 8 point type. Gosh. How could I not have known? I love daycare. It's the best. I love that it is more than my car payment, but the customer service is really the best part. Fortunately, my son's great-grandparents only live a couple of blocks from the school so he is spending some quality time with them for three days. One single parent I know said that she always has to have plans A through G in place to make sure that someone can watch her daughter. I think that is about right.

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