How do I find when my child care center might be closed? The owner or director of a child care center decides when they will have child care holidays; however, there are some days when you can expect your child's school might be closed. It is always a good idea to ask the director for the school's holidays prior to enrollment to make sure that it doesn't conflict with your schedule. Usually child cares operate on either a year round schedule or follow the local public school schedule. For many schools you can find their operation schedule by visiting kidcarescout.com and locating your school's description on the site. Child care centers operating on a public schools schedule are closed whenever public schools are closed.
There are several other days when child care centers might be closed:
1. National holidays such as New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Columbus Day (except for a few states), Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
2. State holidays: For example, many schools are closed on Christmas Eve or other state observed holidays.
3. Religious holidays: if your school is affiliated with a certain religious group, it could close for certain religious holidays such as Easter, Hanukkah, the start of Ramadan, etc.
4. Inservice days, teacher work days, early release days, and seasonal breaks (fall, winter, spring, summer).
5. Maintenance and child care training days; some schools will close for maintenance or have teacher training days.
6. Weather emergencies such as snow, hurricane, or tornado days. If your local public schools are closed, child care centers are usually closed also.
7. Seasonal closings: some programs operate only during certain times of the year, for example summer camps, afterschool programs, or some enrichment programs.
Knowing ahead of time when your child care center closes can save you a lot of hassle down the road. It can also be quite costly since you might have to find a babysitter for those days and you are still responsible for the tuition fees. Some centers charge extra for holidays.
Home based child care tends to have less days when they are closed and child care centers which receive government subsidies tend to have more closed days, since subsidies cover specific days within a year.
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