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As school districts make decisions when it comes to the next school year, parents weigh their options for child care and tutoring

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) -- Parents are facing new challenges as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Now that most schools are making decisions when it comes to what the next school year will look like, many parents are facing a tough choice of what's best for their families.

Schools aren't alone in making COVID-19 plans that impact your kids - there are also the businesses, groups or non-profits that help out before and after. In response, student resource groups are stepping up offering parents a helping hand.

"We provide you with a list of the people who are certified or licensed to do child care and it could be group centers or it could be people doing care in their own homes," said Kelly Borchardt, Executive Director for Childcaring.

For those parents looking into childcare, Borchardt says families are looking to keep things close to home.

"Interestingly I don't know that we've seen an uptake in our referral numbers, what we're hearing from families is that if they're looking and need care they are relying upon friends family and neighbors," said Borchardt.

But it's not just in child care, tutoring services offset what your kids may have missed while completing school at home.

"It loses that personal touch it loses that interest and that value that you get from having a little stimulation from someone else," said Connie Heidemann, Executive Director for Marathon County Literacy (McLit). She went on to say, "we definitely feel that now that the Wausau school board has made its decision, we are going to be able to help out the teachers and the school system stay on their curriculum."

For parents weighing their options when it comes to caring for their kids and their own careers, The CDC has a tool they can use to gauge your family's needs and tips for the next steps. If you want to look further into the CDC's recommendations, click here.

For more information on McLit, click here. Or for more information on Childcaring, click here.

Amanda Lojewski

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