Non-essential child-care closed - WCAX

Gov. Phil Scott today ordered the closure of all child centers except those serving ‘essential’ workers - such as health care providers.

"That means schools and state regulated child care programs are asked to provide care to, at a minimum, their own enrollees who are children of essential persons. But there are strict guidelines they have to follow, including no more than 10 children in a classroom. State officials estimate there are about 288 children that fit the "essential" definition. Scott admitted that the order asks a great sacrifice of some child care workers. "This is a moment of service for all of us, " he said. "We're all in this together and we'll get through this." Education officials say for those child care facilities forced to close, they will continue to receive state subsidies to remain viable.”

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