Governor Announces Childcare Center Updates

Gov. Mike DeWine this weekend announced changes to the emergency regulations related to pandemic childcare centers.

The most significant change is a reduction in the ratio of caregivers to children to 1:6 for all ages except infants. For infants the ratio will be one caregiver to four infants or two caregivers to six infants.

Under the rules announced last week, the ratio for older children allowed for greater than a 1:6 ratio. However, the governor made this change to limit the number of individuals in one room to minimize the opportunity for transmission of COVID-19.

In addition, the state will pay for daycare for those children who are eligible for publicly funded childcare (those below 130% of the federal poverty level). All others will be private pay.

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is working on revisions to the emergency rules, along with a frequently asked questions document. OHA will send them out to members as soon as they are available.