As a number of states begin to reopen and more people think about heading back to work, child care has once again become a vital concern for parents. While some states never officially closed child care centers, others have already reopened them, and more are expected to begin the reopening process soon. But parents are likely to see at least a few changes the next time they drop their child off at their local child care center. Without a doubt, the novel coronavirus is changing child care in the United States.
From curbside drop-off to mandatory temperature and health screenings, procedures at child care centers will likely look noticeably different thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Across the country, states are beginning to roll out new guidelines for the reopening of child care centers amid a global public health pandemic. In the majority of cases, these guidelines include a heavy emphasis on increased cleaning, smaller group sizes, social distancing, and proper and frequent hand washing. But not every state is rolling out the same recommendations, meaning parents may have a confusing time figuring out what's required and what's merely suggested.
Here's a look at how child care has already changed in some states as a result of the coronavirus outbreak: