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Child Care Alternatives Amongst School & Child Care Facility Closures

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Bend, OR – As Central Oregon schools prepare for school closures and child care facilities close in an effort to reduce transmission of COVID-19, employers, families and child care providers will be grappling with child care issues. For many children in our area, school/child care is the safest place to be during the day.

As our community looks for alternatives, we encourage families and employers to call 211 to get additional information on child care options.

As our community looks for alternatives, we encourage families and employers to call 211 to get additional information on child care options. Yesterday afternoon the Oregon Office of Child Care, Early Learning Division released an FAQ for providers and families. Currently, child care facilities (home and center based) are not required to close, but parents should contact their provider to make sure they are operating. The Office is currently working on how to provide temporary child care options.

Additional resources:

• Some local school age programs, including YMCA the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, and Reach in Redmond are extending their out of school time options.

• School Districts have announced free “Grab and Go” or site based meal options for students: visit your district’s website for more information: Bend-La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Jefferson County 509J, Crook County and Culver.

• The Child Mind Institute® has provided “Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus”, resources for adults to reassure children.

 

We encourage employers, families and children to practice the appropriate precautions in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 including washing hands, staying home if you are sick and practicing spatial separation. For more information on reducing risk, visit the Central Oregon Emergency Information Network (COEIN).

For additional press inquiries please contact Melanie Mesaros with the Office of Child Care, Central Office at 503-856-6040 or melanie.mesaros@state.or.us. Check here for the latest from the Early Learning Divison.

The mission of the group is: Community and employers invested in Central Oregon’s children, families and workforce to increase the supply of affordable, accessible and quality child care in Central Oregon.

 

The Central Oregon Child Care Steering Committee includes:

The Bend Chamber, Governor Brown’s Regional Solutions team, Better Together, The Early Learning Hub, NeighborImpact, Central Oregon Health Council, TRACES, OSU and COCC.

The mission of the group is: Community and employers invested in Central Oregon’s children, families and workforce to increase the supply of affordable, accessible and quality child care in Central Oregon.

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