YMCA and BREC offer child care to parents in midst of teacher protest

POSTED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 5:03pm

Parents who weren't able to secure child care due to the teacher protests on such short notice had a few options today.

For between $20 and $25, parents could drop off their kids at the YMCA. The agency set up some all-day programs for children who weren't in school today.

About eighty youngsters participated in the programs at YMCA centers across Baton Rouge.

BREC gyms opened for some students today also, even though kids had to be over 12-years-old to participate.

BREC officials said they offered open gym time, but no recreational programs to help out with parents who needed activities for their children.

Chad Brewer with BREC Media Relations said, "(We want to) get children off the couch and get active in parks and recreation and in the community. It gets them away from the TV and gives them an active alternative to just staying home on their day off from school. "

About 120 children attended programs at BREC centers today.

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