Can you help us make summer safe and HYPE?

As students are out of school this week for the Thanksgiving Break, I can’t help but to think about a parent I recruited to attend HYPE after learning her 4- and 6-year old children were staying home alone during the summer months because she couldn’t afford childcare.  The guilt, shame, and hopelessness were all over her as she explained how she would call about three times each hour, go home for lunch and begin the calling all over when she got back to her office.  Her oldest child knew he was only to answer the phone when he saw her name on the caller ID and could not answer the door for anyone.  Scary, huh?  I know. But what do you do when you are literally doing the very best you can? Did you know parents pay an average of $288 per week per child for the summer?