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Not political, just want your input about day care in your state   General Discussion

Started Jun-6 by sueinIL; 498 views.
sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Jun-6

I know we're all from different states in the US, so I'd like to know what "phase" your private day care is at. My daughter, who is a pharmacist, and my son in law, who is an electrician, are both considered essential workers in the state of IL.  They have had no daycare for their boys, age 8 and 5, since the middle of March.  Last week the day care sent all its parents an email saying they were going to start being open on June 1, with all the usual restrictions.  On Saturday afternoon, 1 1/2 days from opening, they sent another email saying they were not able to open because the state was mandating 2 teachers for each class, and the daycare couldn't even break even with just 10 kids per class. The classes were already whittled down to 10 kids, one teacher, and one aide.  So DD and DSIL had to scurry to fine a baby sitter to come to their home and watch the boys.  There is no daycare at the present even for essential workers, and parents still have to go to their jobs as scheduled.   All this despite the fact that not one daycare student or teacher has tested positive for the virus.  Our other DD lives in Indiana, and their day care has NEVER closed!  They instituted some restrictions, everyone went by them, and they have been open every day since mid march.

Sorry for the long rant (you can tell I am mildly irritated!) but I'd like to know how your state is handling day care, if you know.  I think I might be sending emails to every Illinois state official I can find addresses for, and I'd like some more ammunition!

Thank you!

Sue in IL

bornblesse2

From: bornblesse2

Jun-6

My son works for the church school.  He started leading the summer care program the first of June.  The has school age children, not preschool.  He does lots of cleaning and temp checks and such.

i don’t really know about other daycare places in the state of AZ.  But I know some are open....during the shut down girls and boys clubs were open for working parents.  At least that is what I heard.

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

Jun-6

Sue

Here in ND, the daycares stayed open at least most / some could not afford to operate with the guidelines.  My GKs daycare has stayed open, they check everyone's temp including the person dropping off the children.  Know that the class sizes where changed but don't know the adult to child ratio.

Jo

latterberry

From: latterberry

Jun-7

Come on, Sue.  I'm in Illinois too and surely you know what kind of governor we have.  Not going to get political or nasty, his track record doesn't say much.  How many of our governors have ended up in prison? 

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Jun-7

Yeah, I know.  I'm not sure he directly ordered this kind of treatment of working moms and dads, but somebody needs to make him aware!  It was going to stress that daycare greatlly, but when they were "ordered" to have 2 teachers--not just an aide-- per class, there was no way for them to be able to pay those people!  It's a very good daycare, beautiful building and facilities, and the kids learn a lot!  So sad for the boys.

Sue in IL

Midkid5

From: Midkid5

Jun-7

Sue, I've been thinking about this, if I understand correctly the real issue is the "two teachers" per room rather than whatever the requirements were before covid19.  I think you might be better off addresses it from...the daycares are not taking care of sick kids...rather than from the angle of what other states are doing.  Also get others involved.

Jo

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)

Jun-7

can they 'double up' the class rooms...half on one side of the room, half on the other side..to get the two teachers per room?

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Jun-7

I don't think they can double up.  The class size was cut, the number of teachers were doubled, no shared activities like a video or recess, no field trips to a museum or any where else. It was always such a happy place for the kids, and now the kids are at home with a sitter, the teachers are unemployed, and the building (only a couple years old) is closed.  Other daughter's daycare in Indiana has not lost a day.

Sue in IL

The daycare were termed "essential" here in IN. However, Chris' has stayed open the most of anyone I know, and she's gotten an avg of about 16 hours/week until this last week. They only closed one week. The thing is, with so many people working from home and schools cancelled, people withdrew their kids or kept em home, etc. So she's got a class of 3 sometimes or combines with a third class for 5...wow!

sueinIL

From: sueinIL

Jun-8

I haven't asked DD how her boys' class sizes have been affected. It's just been crazy for everyone.  Illinois moves into the next phase, so maybe day cares will be opened again here.  I've heard that Illinois is one of the most closed states. Our church will be open with restrictions in July. That will make a difference, too.

Sue in IL

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