Valley day cares jump in to help parents during teacher walk-out

- "This is, hopefully, just going to be a very short time in our Arizona history where we all come together and acknowledge that education should come first," Stefanie Swiergol said.

For the first time in state history, Arizona educators walked off the job, which put over 840,000 students out of the classroom.

"The school district was pretty proactive in getting announcements out," Leslie Lemense said. "We actually had three alternatives for day care centers and the school district did a great job."

But local child care facilities and community organizations pitched in to help parents, giving alternative before, after and day care options for their kids during the walk-out.

"We've been very busy preparing in making sure that everything is in place for today and tomorrow and possibly in the next week," said Rob Robertson, of the Arizona Science Center.

"We really wanted to do this on a much larger scale and support the community, and this way kids are still learning, event if they're not in school today," said Bretta Nelson, of the Arizona Humane Society. "And what's better than being surrounded by these amazing animals."

Some centers are offering their services for as long as the walk-out may last.

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