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Non-emergency childcare centers to close in one week

Tom Byrne, Delaware Public Media

Childcare centers must apply to be designated “emergency child care sites” or close by April 6, under the latest update to Gov. John Carney’s State of Emergency declaration.

The emergency childcare sites will provide care only for children of personnel working for businesses deemed essential under the Governor’s emergency order, who cannot work from home.

In a statement, Carney said the order “will make sure Delaware’s health care workers and other first responders can stay at work, and keep our communities healthy, by providing them access to emergency child care services.”

In order to be certified as an emergency child care site, childcare centers must apply to the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families by April 3 and abide by licensing requirements. 

The order allows the Department to create a process by which families can enroll their children in designated emergency child care if their current child care facility temporarily closes.   

Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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