Child care facilities will operate under pandemic licenses

(Ohio) โ€“ Normal operation of child care centers across the state are about to change.

While child care facilities have not been ordered to shut down, operations are drastically changing. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced earlier this week that centers in the state must operate under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license beginning Thursday, March 26th.

Centers must comply with the following guidelines:

  • No more than six children permitted in each class.
  • The same teachers and children in each room should be maintained whenever possible.
  • 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.
  • 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 to drop off and pick up.

These guidelines will be effective until April 30th.

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