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Ohio should follow the science on lead poisoning and commit to a prevention-first strategy for all centers and homes licensed to provide child care, Groundwork Ohio recommended in a report released Tuesday. 

Sierra is in a bind. She and her husband have two children — ages three and nine years old — and they live in Urbana, a college town in east-central Illinois. 

Many Ohio day cares have remained open for much of the pandemic, with protections in place to help limit the risk of an outbreak. Staff and children have to wear masks and wash their hands more frequently, many centers have taken additional steps to sanitize buildings, and the number of children in one room has been reduced.

But all that extra work doesn’t erase Northeast Ohio parents’ concerns about sending children to day care.

Pre-pandemic, about half of U.S. families reported having trouble finding care for a young child.

Of the many sectors of the American economy slammed by the coronavirus pandemic, the businesses and individuals who provide child care to an estimated 12 million children under age 5 are among the hardest hit.

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One of the lawyers who's led the charge against Ohio's public health orders is now pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of daycare centers, even after the state lifted its limits on child care facilities.

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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.

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