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Parents dispute fees for day care centers closed after Hurricane Irma

Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-26 21:48:08-04

Are local day care centers that were closed the week after Hurricane Irma charging parents for that time? Some parents contacted Fox 4 after they say they were being charged for a service they couldn't use in the aftermath of Irma.

Like many in Southwest Florida, Lucy Stockdale and her family evacuated before the hurricane hit Collier County over two weeks ago.

"We were back on Tuesday though," Stockdale said. "I had to take my child to work with me for the rest of the week."

She said that's because her daughter's day care provider, the Learning Tree in North Naples, wasn't open. But when Fox 4 called the Learning Tree, the day care center's director said they were only asking for half a week's tuition, and that they were open by Wednesday.

"They did finally say that they would let this one time slide," Stockdale said. 

The owner of the Learning Tree told Fox 4 by phone that the parents of all of their students sign a contract to pay tuition, and that they worked hard to get back open as soon as possible after the hurricane.

The director of Precious Cargo Academy in Naples told Fox 4 that they were closed for a full week after Irma, but that the parents of children at that center also sign paperwork making them responsible for the child care fees that week. She said it was a common arrangement with day care providers.