Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced that child care can reopen on May 31st under new guidelines. In recognition of the complexity of Ohio's child care system and the limited data on the spread of COVID-19 in child care programs, Governor DeWine shared new measures to maximize the health and safety of children, their families, and child care professionals. Read the full list of mandatory and best practices here.
In addition to sharing the plan for reopening child care, Governor DeWine announced a unique new partnership with Dr. Walter Gilliam, Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and President of the Board of Directors of Child Care Aware of America, to learn more about COVID-19 in child care settings.
The Governor also shared the state will be utilizing federal dollars from the CARES Act to support both publicly-funded and private programs in the reopening process. We will share details about this grant program once they are released.
Read Groundwork Ohio's statement on the Governor's announcement here.