Child Care Facilities Can Reopen in June
By West Kentucky Star Staff
FRANKFORT - During Governor Andy Beshear's Thursday update, Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary, Eric Friedlander, announced the reopening of child care programs. 

Beginning on June 8, in-home child care programs will be allowed to reopen. Following this, on June 15, licensed child care programs will be allowed to reopen.

Under the new guidelines, the maximum number of children per group will be ten. Children must stay in the same group all day, and staff will be assigned to the same children each day to reduce exposure to the virus. All adults will be required to wear masks whether it's an in-home program or center-based. Children that are five or younger should not wear a mask, however older children can wear masks if they are able. 

Officials ask that child care facilities stagger playground time, eliminate center-wide family events, eliminate field trips, and use certain drop-off and pick-up locations in an effort to eliminate unnecessary traffic to classrooms. 

According to Friedlander, the state will also be providing support for in-home and center-based child care programs, which will include additional funding for cleaning, and PPE supplies. 

You can see the state's full child care guidance at the links below. 

Beshear announced  135 new cases of the virus in the Commonwealth, bringing the total number of cases to 8,2886. There is one new case each in Calloway, Fulton, and Livingston. There are currently 475 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus, with 92 of those in the ICU. Beshear announced 10 new deaths associated with the virus, while 3,008 Kentuckians have recovered.

You can see Beshear's full update below.

On the Net:

Child Care Guidance

Published 04:10 PM, Thursday May. 21, 2020
Updated 06:12 PM, Thursday May. 21, 2020



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