Here’s a quick snapshot of the latest resources and information we have today, April 17, 2020.
Ohio child care programs will remain closed and Pandemic Child Care Programs will remain in operation until ODJFS announces a plan for reopening child care. Child care programs have not been mentioned as being included in the May 1 limited reopening of business recently announced by Gov. DeWine.
We remain in continuous contact with ODJFS and Vanessa Freytag, 4C for Children president/CEO, is a member of a state task force creating a plan for reopening. We will share the details of this plan as soon as they become available.
Although Gov. DeWine indicated that May 1 will be the starting point for a slow, controlled roll-out of reopening business in Ohio, that plan is still being finalized. He has emphasized it won’t be an all-at-once return to business as usual.
Gov. DeWine summed up the reason for the slow roll-out: “We must do this right because the stakes are so high. If we don’t do it right the consequences are horrendous. We don’t want to start back and have a huge spike of people who are positive (for coronavirus) and are in the hospital.”
Pandemic Child Care Licensees
Removal from the Pandemic Child Care List
If you have been approved as a Pandemic Child Care Program and now wish not to provide pandemic care, email a request to ODJFS.
Need Help Navigating?
We know all the changes that are happening can be overwhelming and confusing. You can find additional information on the ODJFS website, at the ODJFS help desk or by calling 1-877-302-2347.
If you cannot reach someone at ODJFS, contact us and we will do our best to get you the information you need:
- Email: coaching @4cforchildren.org
- Southwest Ohio: 513-758-1334
- Miami Valley: 937-723-1334
You can also visit our website for the latest information about state requirements and other guidelines.