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Limits on staffing ratios at child care centers around Ohio lifted over the weekend. But it’s unclear how much the move will boost attendance.

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Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that starting August 9, child care centers can begin operating under the regular class sizes and ratios from before the pandemic began.

For American families with children, the pandemic has meant lost income, increased child care responsibilities, worry and stress. But a majority are not eager for schools to reopen this fall, given the health risk.

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wants the United States to commit $775 billion to expand access for and lower the cost of caregiving.

The proposal, which Biden outlined in a speech Tuesday afternoon, would emphasize tax credits and state funding subsidies to make child care more affordable and accessible, and make prekindergarten for 3- and 4-year-olds universal.

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A new report from a group of business leaders shows many Ohio companies cannot get back on their feet because their employees no longer have affordable daycare options.

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An Ohio bill would have allowed an extension of benefits to unemployed Ohioans who are at-risk or have medical conditions that could be deadly if they contract COVID-19. The sponsor of that legislation says it's not necessary now that Gov. Mike DeWine issued an executive order.

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The state of Ohio has not been denying anyone unemployment benefits for COVID-19 related reasons, including concerns about contracting coronavirus on the job or being ordered to quarantine. But people who are unable to find child care will no longer be eligible.

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Child care centers in Ohio will be able to reopen on May 31, with stricter enrollment guidelines. They have been closed since March 26 due to the spread of the coronavirus.

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Revenue losses for the YMCA of Central Ohio have led to the layoff of nearly 2,000 workers. Most locations closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday announced a slew of openings for various industries that have been closed for nearly two months during the coronavirus pandemic.

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As retail stores throughout Ohio reopen, some employees are scrambling to find a way to work without having reliable child care available.

A sign in the window of the Jury Room in Columbus' Brewery District says "Shut Happens" and "We Will Be Back."
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The Ohio Department Job and Family Services has paid more than $2 billion in unemployment benefits to nearly 560,000 Ohioans since mid-March. But that’s only half of the 1.1 million claims that have been filed.

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As Ohio begins reopening businesses, parents in need of child care will have to wait a while longer to find answers. Gov. Mike DeWine said he's not ready yet to announce a reopening date for daycares, something that was expected Monday, saying the plan needs more work.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, comments on the final statement of House Democratic impeachment manager House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Jan. 24, 2020.
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As Ohio begins to reopen, many parents are asking how they're expected to work when most daycare centers remain closed. Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to address those concerns during his briefing Monday afternoon.

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Daycare locations that received temporary pandemic licenses to stay open in Ohio may still face some financial difficulty.