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Summer break is nearly here, and working parents are scrambling to find childcare

A large group of school aged children run through the grass together during day camp.  They are each dressed casually in colorful t-shirts as they smile and enjoy the summer day.
Some parents and caregivers have to set calendar reminders in February to try to get their kids into their preferred summer camp.

Thousands of school-age kids across Greater Cincinnati are looking forward to summer for a break from homework, a string of lazy days and maybe even more flexible bedtimes.

But for many working parents, preparing for summer has meant a stress-filled search for childcare so moms and dads can keep earning their paychecks.

"I'm married to someone who also is working," local mom Natalie DeLuca told WVXU. "We have two kids going into fourth grade next year … and have no family in the area."

For DeLuca, that meant setting calendar reminders in February to try to get her kids into their preferred summer camp options and setting up a commend center in the house so both she and her husband could log on simultaneously to try to get the spots they wanted.

On Cincinnati Edition, we talk about the stressful search for summer childcare, how parents cope and some of the local options available.


  • Natalie DeLuca, Oakley mom
  • Timothy Heyl, Cincinnati Recreation Commission division manager for recreation
  • Danielle Dores, owner of Partners in Growth Counseling & Wellness

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