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With kids at home, how do these snow days affect families with working parents?

Mother of 2, Ryann Allen, explained the challenges working parents face when schools close their doors.

"There's a lot of people who don't have anyone to watch their children or can't afford day care and rely solely on school so it does make it tougher for them," Allen said.

Although Allen is a stay at home mom and told 59News she appreciates her opportunity to spend every day with her kids, she said for some parents, finding a babysitter or taking a day off from work seems like their only options.

"A lady I used to work with, whenever her daughter was in preschool or kindergarten and there was a 2 hour delay she would just have to come into work 2 hours late. If it's a cancellation it was like 'if I can find someone to watch them then I'll be in," she told us.

The YMCA offers a program called "School Day Out" where for $10 you can bring them in all day and they can enjoy basketball, swimming and even their own workout facility.

"Y members and non Y members can take advantage of the program. It is $10 per day for Y members and $20 per day for non-members. If parents have time to pack a lunch, that's great, if not we provide them lunch for $5," said Jenni Canterbury, YMCA Marketing Director.

She explained why the YMCA decided to offer a program like "School Day Out."

"Whenever school is not in and you have both parents working, a lot of times it's a juggling act trying to figure out where the kids will go for the day. The School Day Out program meets that need because if both parents have to go to work they can drop their kids off at the Y before they go to work. We accept children from 7:30 a.m. til 5:30 p.m." Canterbury said.

Canterbury mentioned you'll want to call ahead before you drop your kids off because they do fill up quickly on snow days.