These are the career fields that are a priority for day care placement

Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 17:13:54-04

COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine announced during Monday's press conference that beginning Thursday, day cares must have a pandemic operating license and that no more than six children are allowed per room.

The priority slots will go the following families:

  • Healthcare workers
  • First responders
  • Pharmacy staff
  • Hospital/Clinic staff
  • Police, Fire, EMT
  • Children services
  • Adult protection workers
  • Developmental Disabilities aides
  • Mental health counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologist
  • Nursing home workers
  • Elder care workers
  • Dentists
  • Home health care

After those in the above slots have been filled, other families can then apply for a spot for their child.

Parents can enroll now. A full list of child care centers operating under the special license can be found by clicking here.

The Ohio Department of Health provided these details about the pandemic operating conditions for day cares:

Beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all operating child care centers in Ohio must do so under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and follow these guidelines:

  • There should be no more than six children in a class.
  • Ratios must be kept at one teacher to no more than six children.
  • Children whose parents are employed by the same entity should be kept together whenever possible.
  • The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible.
  • There should be limited use of shared space or mixing of groups.
  • If shared space is used, a rigorous cleaning schedule must be in place.
  • Parent interaction should be limited at drop off and pick up.

The program will operate until April 30, with the potential to extend and adjust as needed.

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