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Jennifer Wolf

Summer Planning Starts Now

By February 21, 2014

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I know it's only February, but now is the time to start planning ahead for your kids' summer child care arrangements. Will you be going with the same babysitter you used last summer? Relying on friends and family members to help out? Keep in mind that another option is summer camp.

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Sending your kids to summer camp may not fill all of the child care gaps in your summer schedule, but a mosaic of different camp programs can be fun for your kids, and may decrease your dependence on others to provide daytime babysitting while you're at work.

And if you're able to work out the transportation issue by carpooling with other families, these short-term summer camp opportunities can become an effective component of your summer child care plan. For a complete list of ideas, read 10 Affordable Summer Camp Options.

Your Turn: If you've found a summer child care option that has worked well for you in the past, share it with our readers by leaving a comment below.

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