State orders closure of all child care providers
Posted by Associated Press on 26th March 2020

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By the end of the day Friday, all child care providers in Maryland must close.The order came down from Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, on Thursday in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.The state is setting up child care programs to serve only those designated essential personnel. According to Salmon’s statement, those programs “are at no cost to designated essential personnel.” A full list of eligible programs can be found on the Maryland State Department of Education’s website. There is also a telephone service set up that runs Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. That number is 877-261-0060.RELATED: Hogan closes all non-essential businesses, releases funds for small businessesSalmon wrote that children attending those State-funded programs will be kept at appropriate distances from each other and there will be one teacher for every nine children. For younger children, there will be smaller class sizes.Child care programs closed by Thursday’s order may reopen on Monday if they are willing to provide care for children of essential personnel. They must meet the following requirements according to the release:Programs must apply with their Regional Licensing Specialists to be approved before they begin serving eligible families.These programs may only reopen after a thorough cleaning has been conducted.They must only serve the children of essential personnel.Parents and caregivers of essential personnel may call one of the following numbers for additional information:410-767-0335410-767-7823410-870-2544410-767-7798410-767-7805

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