Governor announces new childcare options for frontline workers

Rhode Island is the first state to partner with care.com to help frontline workers who may need child care during the coronavirus pandemic.

RHODE ISLAND (WLNE) – Rhode Island is the first state to partner with care.com to help frontline workers who may need child care during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Frontline workers are critical to Rhode Island’s response to COVID-19,” said  Raimondo. “Among others, medical professionals, emergency workers, grocery store and pharmacy employees, and members of law enforcement are working around the clock throughout this crisis. I’m proud that Rhode Island has partnered with Care.com to connect these heroes with safe, affordable child care.”

As part of the partnership, care.com’s membership fees will be waived for Rhode Islanders.

Rhode Island residents interested in becoming caregivers can visit Care.com/rigive to register. Potential caregivers are subject to Care.com’s extensive background and safety checks. While child care services are not typically free of charge, the Rhode Island portal gives residents the ability to waive their fees and volunteer as caregivers, providing additional support to frontline workers.

The governor also announced several child care facilities can reopen and offer on-site care specifically for the children of essential hospital workers in the coming weeks.

Those facilities are as follows:

  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Greater Providence YMCA
  • Children’s Workshop
  • Children’s Friend
  • Learning Brook

Eligible hospital staff will be notified by their employer.

“These providers have stepped up to ensure that our most essential workers have access to quality child care,” said Raimondo. “I am incredibly grateful for their partnership during this difficult time.”

For those who are not frontline workers or hospital workers but are looking for child care, the governor also announced daycares can reopen if they want. The facilities just have to follow new emergency regulations released by the Department of Human Services.

To the extent possible, child care facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:

1. Child care must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer

2. Children shall not change from one group to another

3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix with one another

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