The Latest: Seattle community centers fill with children as teachers strike enters second week

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The latest on the strike by public-school teachers in Seattle entering its fourth day Monday (all times local):


9:17 a.m.

Seattle's community centers are doubling as free day-care facilities as a strike by the city's teachers enters its second week and has parents scrambling for child-care options.

Seattle Parks and Recreation spokesman David Takami said Monday that 21 community centers are taking care of some 2,000 children in kindergarten through sixth grade, and that number is rising. Many of the centers are at capacity. It's costing the city about $21,000 a day.

Jason Busbee, a front-desk coordinator at the Queen Anne Community Center, says it was "an early morning mad dash" as parents dropped off their kids, and several families had to be turned away.

He says volunteers are overseeing activities for the 150 children there, including basketball, foosball and lawn darts. The center had also ordered some big bouncy houses to entertain the kids.