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Some say limited capacity at summer camps will create child care strain

Posted at 8:15 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 08:15:08-05

ESTERO, Fla -- Summer camps are limiting the slots available to you and your kids this year to allow for social distancing. Some Southwest Florida parents said those safety precautions could put a strain on them when it comes to finding child care this summer.

Registration for Lee County Parks & Recreation summer camps opened at 7:00 a.m. on Monday. Each camp will operate under a ratio of nine campers to one staff member and will social distance.

Parents are being encouraged to sign up early. Each year, the allotted spaces at Wa-Ke Hatchee Recreation Center, Lakes Regional Park and Estero Recreation Center fill up well before school ends. They're expected to go even faster because of the limited space.

One Cape Coral mom who is balancing child care for a newborn, five year-old and teenager said she doesn't agree with slots being limited because of COVID. She fears it'll place a strain on working moms like her if they're not able to get one.

“The children have been safe in school anyways. We have not had any major shut downs, we have not had any major outbreaks. My child's school has never closed down at all. They have been taking all the precautions, daycares have been taking precautions. I mean we haven't had any problems so what's the issue now with summer camps?” asked Sierra Szalay.

We want to know whether you agree that limiting spots could place a strain on parents who need child care during the summer, or if you feel the safety precautions are necessary to keep you and your kids safe? Weigh in on this Fox 4 Facebook page post.