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Washtenaw County Essential Workers Taking Advantage Of Emergency Child Care Offerings

Apr 16, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has extended the emergency child care services executive order for essential workers.  

Through the order, the Washtenaw Intermediate School District is in charge of coordinating those services in our area.  But Alan Oman, Executive Director for Early Childhood Programs, says enough private and non-profit child care centers have remained open that they haven’t had a need to use emergency services. 

"The emergency child care centers, if we open them, would be operated and staffed by Washtenaw ISD employees.  Possibly with some support from local school district staff as well"

Only 76 essential workers in our county have requested assistance with child care.  The new order will be in effect until May 13th.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu