During Gov. DeWine’s briefing this afternoon, it was announced that all Ohio child care programs will reopen on Sunday, May 31. In addition, day camps will also reopen on that day.
Joni Close, who leads the Early Childhood Advisory Council, announced the following:
- Reduced class sizes.
- Daily temperature monitoring.
- Frequent hand washing from the time a child is dropped off to when they are picked up.
- Intense sanitizing throughout the day of all common touch areas, toys, materials, equipment, etc. as well as sanitizing at the end of the day.
- No field trips.
- Wearing of masks.
The governor also recognized the need for financial assistance for programs as they reopen to help offset costs such purchasing cleaning products and the revenue lost due to the reduced class sizes. The funds will be part of $60 million of federal CARES Act dollars.
More detailed information on reopening protocols and funding will be released by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
The governor’s office has released the following documents for reopening child care:
- Guidance Document for Reopening Child Care
- What Parents Should Know About Sending Children Back to Child Care
Over the next two weeks and beyond, we will continue to provide you will the latest resources and news as it becomes available. We’re in this together!