Nightly News | September 10, 2012
>>> this is kevin tibbles on chicago's south side , felicia o'connor was already sleeping when the strike happened. she leaves for work at 4:30 each morning and usually drops 6-year-old michaela off.
>> they don't know anything, i don't know anything. we're just out here blank, now i have to go to work.
>> reporter: and felicia now is trying to find a safe place for her daughter, some schools opened half the day, with nonunion staffers. parents in a bind were also able to leave their children at some at that time area churches and a number of clubs and community services . some kids attend a program called safe haven in a local church .
>> there is so much violence going on in the city of chicago , going up, we want our kids to be in a safe place .
>> reporter: the local girls and boys clubs open of the early, helping the children.
>> great staff members, supervised the fun activity and education, as well.
>> reporter: it was at the girl's and boy's club that they found a refuge for michaela.
>> if my child is not in school getting the education she needs, you know, what -- it is just irritating right now.
>> reporter: now, she is faced with finding child care for tomorrow or risk missing another day from work. and this strike could have a ripple effect on the chicago economy. employment analysts say lost productivity could run into the millions if parents are forced to stay home and look after their kids.
>> thank you, our team on the ground in chicago tonight .
>>> republican presidential nominee mitt romney in chicago tonight raising money.