Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that beginning May 31 childcare providers in the state will be able to reopen with reduced numbers of children in each classroom and intensified cleaning and hand-washing practices.
Childcare providers will be wearing masks, temperature checks will occur regularly, and children will be required to wash their hands upon arrival, throughout the day, and before pickup, according to adviser Joni Close, president of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton.
Preschool classes will only be allowed a maximum number for nine children, while classes with infants and toddlers will only be allowed six per classroom.
DeWine emphasized that there is no playbook for childcare during Covid-19, saying the state must learn and make changes as it moves forward. The governor said Ohio therefore also intends to fund a research project to study best practices for controlling the spread of Covid-19 in childcare settings.
As Ohio’s childcare providers will need assistance when they reopen, the state will be utilizing over $60 million in federal CARES Act funding to provide reopening grants.
"Our goal is to have the safest child care system in the nation. One that nurtures the health and continued growth and development of our children and one that protects the health and safety of our child care workers and teachers,” DeWine said.
Day camps will also open the same day as daycares, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced.