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New temporary pandemic license allows child care providers to watch children during remote learning

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Posted at 12:49 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 12:49:07-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a new temporary pandemic license that would allow child care providers licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education to care for school-age children who are learning remotely during the school day.

Beginning Aug. 25, the program will ensure students learning remotely have a safe place to go during their normal school day if their parents must go to work.

“With more than 30% of school districts opting for remote and hybrid models of learning for the start of the school year – including many of Ohio’s largest school districts – working families need safe options for their child’s care during the school day,” said Governor DeWine in a statement.

Organizations such as churches, recreation centers and businesses can apply for the temporary license to provide care to children during the school day. These providers will receive funding to cover the cost of care for economically eligible children.

“The safety of children is our number one priority,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall in a statement. “The new Temporary Pandemic School-Age Child Care license will ensure that our children are cared for in safe, clean facilities by qualified staff, while also reducing the regulations that organizations have to abide by to become licensed.”

ODJFS is also waiving the registration fee for Temporary Pandemic School-Age Child Care providers. To apply, click here.

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