VIDEO Expert advice on coping with childcare challenges

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 5:56 PM

A missing Arlington toddler is home safe tonight, but she gave her parents and a neighbor quite a scare Wednesday morning.

The 3-year-old slipped out of her apartment and was wandering around the parking lot. She was barefoot in the freezing temperatures before daybreak. A neighbor found the crying girl and wrapped her in a blanket.

How the 3-year-old ended up out in the cold, alone brings to light a child care issue that many parents face.

Police say the girl and her siblings are left in the care of a 12-year-old sibling in the half-hour after their mother leaves for work and before the father returns from his job. The incident raises questions about how families deal with child care, especially in the overnight or early morning hours.

Tori Mannes, the president of Child Care Group, talked with Jason Wheeler on News 8 at 4 about coping with these kinds of child care challenges.

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