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Daycare slots filling up fast as they serve as teachers when students aren’t at school

Daycare centers across the state are adjusting to help children with online learning.

It’s not an entirely new concept for daycare providers, but the stakes are different now that districts have real expectations for what outcomes will be this year.


“I’m just hoping they can fall into a routine, coming off our summer routine where it’s a little more fun. I definitely have to kind of pull them back and get them into some type of routine,” said Debbie Licciadello, A-Plus Child Care Center’s owner and director.

Children are spaced out six feet away from each other. Masks aren’t required. However, some are practicing mask-wearing for when they return to school.

Staff members are also serving as teachers – helping keep students focused on their online lessons.


“It’s not just we’re watching the child; we’re going to educate the child and work with the child to make sure they have a great, healthy experience, but now they’re really supporting the child through their school,” said Jeff Pier, Child Care Council Executive Director.

They say enrollment is lower than it was before COVID-19, but that spots are filling up quickly.


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