(Ohio) – Parents are returning to work, but what do they do with their school-aged children learning remotely?
Now there is another option according to the most recent announcement made by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Monday he announced details of a new program beginning today, August 25th. Governor DeWine indicated the program will allow child care providers to care for school-age children who are learning remotely during the school day.
Participating centers are required to be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education. DeWine noted more than 30 percent of school districts are opting for remote and blended learning models to start off the school year leaving an increased and unique need for child care during the day. Providers will also receive funding to cover the cost of care for economically eligible children.
ODJFS is also launching a new license called the Temporary Pandemic School-Age Child Care license. Officials explained this license ensures children have safe places to go when they are not learning in school. A variety of organizations can apply for licenses such as businesses, churches, and recreation centers. ODJFS is also waiving the registration fee for the licenses.