Just because the snow closed your kid's school down doesn't mean that it closed your work down or that you don't have to go to work. But you can't leave your young child home alone, so what are you supposed to do? Some parents are able to take a day off work, but not everyone can do that. If you are one of the ones who can't do that, you are probably looking for some options.
Look for Child Care Registries
There are websites that you can sign up for that have lists of child care providers. They will have both short-term providers as well as long-term providers. You can arrange to have a short-term provider come out to your house to take care of your kid while you are at work. If you decide to do this, make sure that you join the website well in advance and that you interview providers that you are interested in and set up a plan with them. You don't want to have all the providers taken when the snow day happens. When there is a risk of a snow day, make sure that you talk to your chosen provider the night before to make sure that everything is still in place.
Meet Your Neighbors
If you have neighbors nearby who also have young children, you can talk to them about setting up a snow day child care group. If one of the parents is a stay-at-home parent, they may be willing to take your child for that day, especially if all the kids get along. If you do go this route, make sure that you offer a reasonable amount of money to the parent. If they don't want money, make sure to do something nice for them in thanks. They are doing you a favor and you don't want to take advantage of them so that they will be reluctant to help in the future. Do be prepared to take no for an answer. If the stay-at-home parent has several very young children, they may just feel too overwhelmed. You may also be able to switch off with other parents. They may be able to take your child on one snow day if you can take theirs on another. Just make sure that you aren't waiting until the last minute to go introduce yourself to your neighbors and come up with an arrangement. Spend some time getting to know them first.
Having to work when your child has a snow day may be stressful if you don't have a plan well before the snow day comes up. Contact a company like Kid's Country Child Care & Learning Center for more tips and ideas.