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Summer child care too expensive? Try using a day camp

1:18 PM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The second that last bell of the school year rings, it means sweet freedom for students. What parents may hear though is the sound of dollars flying out of their wallets. That's because summer care isn't cheap.

Since hiring a babysitter or using a day care is expensive, one way you could find child care at a lower cost is to consider a day camp.

"I love this camp," said Antonian Bivens. He is one of the many children in the YMCA summer camp program.

His mother, Markedia Daniels, is a single mother who goes to school full-time and works. She says the summer camp is a great option for parents that need child care in the summer and want to see their kids remain active.

"For him to actually come and learn and swim and do all those different things, it really means a lot to me," she says.

The YMCA summer camp does still have spots open and costs about $130 a week, but there is financial assistance available.

Candace Demarco the YMCA Regional Youth Development Director of Duval County says that is a big relief for parents.

"It is a really great feeling to see them come back and register and get their kids ready for summer camp," said Demarco.

A summer camp opens all kinds of doors to new friendships for your child.

"I keep in touch with old friends and new friends and I always have new friends to meet every year," tells YMCA camper Taniya Rosemond.

Another option to consider, Police Athletic Leagues (PAL). A lot of law enforcement departments have PAL and it will give your child a chance to get out of the house and get to know some of the police/deputies in your area. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says their summer camp is $65 a week, but is already at capacity for this year.

So before you book that babysitter, check out some more local options. Your kids will make some summer memories and your wallet will thank you!

For more information on summer camps funded through the Jacksonville Children's Commission, click here.

For more information on the YMCA, follow this link: http://www.firstcoastymca.org/

For more information on JSO's PAL program, follow this link: http://www.jaxpal.com/

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