FARGO — Brittany Gores' son Reese is headed into Kindergarten. He will spend half of his time in the classroom and half online at home.
"I feel unhappy about home and school. I feel like I'm going to have fun at school," said her son Reese Gores, who is about to start kindergarten at Lincoln Elementary School.
Gores was planning for her son to be in school full-time when she heads back to work, but with the unknowns the pandemic has brought, she is scrambling for childcare for her son.
"His daycare center filled his spot with another kid already so it's like 'what do we do?' Do we hire a high school or college person to come in? Do we send him to the Boys and Girls Club? Do we send him to the YMCA?" she said.
Gores wishes there were more options and fewer restrictions. The YMCA is only offering before and after school care. Students must qualify for the care offered by Fargo Public Schools, and the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club says the demand for care is the highest she has ever seen.
"We are having trouble keeping up with the intent forms we are having parents fill out," said Robin Nelson, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Red River Valley.
Like many parents in the area, Gores went online to sites like Facebook and Care.com to find a nanny.
She has had quite a few responses - even some Fargo high school students wanting to step in on their days off.
"That would be perfect, that would be ideal if it would work out," said Gores.