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Dixon Teachers Strike Displaces Students


The strike in Dixon is having an impact beyond teachers and students. Daycares and the YMCA are preparing to see more kids looking for something to do outside of school as each day of this strike goes by.  

It's a school day, but no parents are dropping off their kids no one is learning in these classrooms. The building and parking lot are empty, and the kids are at home, around town, or filling up the town's daycares.

"We've been treating it like a school-out day, but we're prepared to be in it for the long haul if necessary," Bright Beginnings Financial Director Tami Fane says. 

Kids in the day care's after school program are now there all day, causing some shifting around for staff. 

"Our after school program and our preschool program share a room so we had to combine our preschool and shift a few kids from the afternoon class to the morning class," Fane says. 

At the YMCA, kids are flocking through the doors, filling up the daycare and teen center. The director there tells us some employees had to pick up extra hours, they're shifting their open gym and open swim times to accommodate more kids and their daycare is full.

Meanwhile childcare offices like 4C are trying to find a place for kids. 

"I did get a phone call this morning from an agency asking me if we had any availability," Fane says. 

Though parents may be scrambling to find a place for their kids now, daycare providers say this has been a long time coming. 

"Everyone who lives in Dixon knows the teachers have been working all year without a contract," Fane says, "You always knew this was a possibility, you hoped it didn't get to that point." 

Bright Beginnings hasn't had to take on extra kids yet, but they're prepared to take them in if parents need them.  

"We're going to be supportive as we can, and help out as much as we can and make it as easy as possible," Fane says. 

Both the daycare and the YMCA say the strike hasn't strained resources yet, but are prepared to make adjustments if the strike continues.

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