Child Care Centers in MA should Close during COVID-19

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Early educators are on the front line, providing child care during COVID-19. While all K-12 schools are closing for 3 weeks, child care centers are under no mandate to close. Child care, unlike all other forms of education are susceptible to COVID-19 as teachers can not practice social distancing the way all other forms of education can. We practice hand washing all day long as educators and we attempt to teach the children in our care to do the same, however, it is not perfect.

You are putting the 200,000 teachers at potential risk of infection. While it is true that the risk to children is low, it is equally true that they can be carriers. This places our workforce at an increased risk of exposure.

We understand the burden this would cause to families across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, but it is the right thing to do. EEC should address this immediately to make sure that our workforce does not take the brunt of the virus infection. Passing the responsibility to each individual child care center and not the licensing authority is the wrong move. 

Please keep our teachers and children safe so that we may continue to work with children and families in the future and not be a burden on the health care system.


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