NORWALK - Parents in southwestern Connecticut say the inordinate number of snow days this year are disrupting their children's routines and schedules.

Pediatricians and education experts say it helps to keep children busy on days off from school and to keep them informed as plans change. 

"All children benefit from knowing what's going to happen next because it helps them to feel secure and in control," says Kate McCallum, the site director of the Family Centers Preschool.

Some schools remain closed Friday for February break, though others slated to be open may still be closed because of the weather.