Child care safety during the pandemic

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Katrina Frye holds her son Wyland as his teacher comes to bring him inside. Teachers at The Journey Begins Infant and Toddler Center come out to meet parents and swoop up children at the front gate. Parents are not allowed into the child care center due to COVID-19 safety measures. Photo by Jordan Frye.

Child care facilities were deemed essential in the early days of the pandemic. Yet many of them closed as parents pulled children out when stay-at-home orders came. Over the summer, many early care programs began reopening with strict COVID-19 safety protocols. But parents have no clear guidance on when it’s appropriate to send their toddlers and babies to day care centers.