ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- “Schools close for two weeks and it’s like oh wow here we go. We’re in the process now making it work,” Malik Smith said.

It’s a reality most parent weren’t expecting to face.

Malik Smith and Mylin Torres told CBS46 their children’s schools decided to shut down. Like many working parents they are searching for solutions.

“It definitely takes some creativity and patience,” Mylin said.

As schools and daycares announced closures Thursday, messages from people offering to watch children began popping up all over social media.

“Make sure whoever is watching your children is a licensed program,” said Dana Morrison, who works for the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. She adds there is good reason for the recommendation.

“If it’s a licensed program we know that it is governed by our state rules and regulations. We know that the staff in there has had criminal background checks that are run through the national registry,” Morrison explained.

She said any other option is a risky option. As for those unlicensed social media child providers? There are punishments too.

“We will make a visit. We will cite you accordingly and we were asked that you need to be license or exempt or that you cease operations completely,” Morrison explained.

To find childcare through the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, click here.

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