Good one! Such a big important issue (not to mention academic backsliding by kids during the summer). Fortunately, our daycare runs through the summer (at a cost, of course). I also sign my kids up for camps because I want them to try different experiences, but I have to pay the fee on top of daycare (even when they're not there) and the hours are in no way accomodating to working parents (8:30-11:30; 9:00-3:00) so I spend a lot of time driving back and forth between camp and daycare (believe me daycare doesn't appreciate kids showing up in the middle of nap time and needing lunch) so I can get in a semblance of 8 hours. I don't know what the solution is for parents who don't have the finances or the flexibility to do this.
Good article! I didn't know that those 15 passenger vans were death traps on wheels. When I worked at the daycare center, that's how children were transported to and from the homeless shelters and also to field-trips. Every child had a car-seat, so that was something at least. I'm going to post this article on my blog.
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