Several options for parents who need childcare during walkout

Published: Apr. 24, 2018 at 9:03 PM MST|Updated: May. 8, 2018 at 5:48 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Most of the school districts in Pima County are closing their doors during the teacher walkout for as long as it lasts, leaving parents searching for options and places to take their kids.

One option they may consider is the Jewish Community Center.

They have a program called School Days Out. It will go from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will give students a chance to use the JCC pool, splash pad, gym, indoor play area and to participate in art activities.

[READ MORE: Where can children go if their school is closed?]

JCC officials say, they will have all hands on deck and take as many kids as possible. They are asking people to register ahead of time to help them with the staff they will need. The program will be for students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

More on the JCC program HERE.

There are also several other options available for parents across southern Arizona.

Tucson YMCA

  • The Mulcahy and Jacobs YMCA locations will be available all day for kids while other locations are figuring out whether or not to stay open.
  • Parents would need to register their kids by 5 pm Wednesday, April 25, if they hope to utilize them for child care.

Children's Museum of Tucson

  • The museum at 200 South 6th Avenue is offering $3 admission for kids, parents on Thursday-Friday, April 25-26. More information HERE.

Pima County Public Libraries

  • The libraries are making sure they have tabletop games, activity sheets and simple crafts ready to go as well as book displays of suggested reading.  For more information on events happening at libraries during the walkout, go HERE.
  • Children under the age of 8 must be attended by a responsible adult or caregiver who is at least 14 years old; children over the age of 8, who can understand and follow the Code of Conduct are welcome to be in the Library unattended if they have contact information for an adult or teen who will be available to provide assistance if needed.

Sahuarita Community

ShowBiz Academy of Dance Studio

  • The studio is offering a day camp option during all walkout days. More information HERE.


  • In an effort to assist our community during the upcoming school closures this week, Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27, the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department will offer an all-day KIDCO program at consolidated locations for currently registered KIDCO participants. The program will be available from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. for $5 per child per day to be paid at the site. This program will be available for this Thursday and Friday only and is offered to allow families time to find other child care alternatives should the school closures continue into next week.

United Methodist Church

  • Some United Methodist churches in southern Arizona are offering their support by providing free childcare. Some churches are still in the planning phase and figuring out what they can do to support the families in need. Although not all United Methodist churches have the space or resources for this type of response, you can find out if the United Methodist Church near you is providing childcare by visiting and searching for the church in your community.
  • Is offering Red for Ed day camp. It will be for kids kindergarten to 6th grade and run all day. They will offer the kids, a splash pad, games, movies and even a science experiment. One of the things parents may love out the camp, it’s free! To register click here.

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