Area nonprofits have released a list of child care centers that are offering space to the children of essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
PATCH Hawaii and Early Childhood Action Strategy on Friday released a list of licensed and registered childcare centers on Oahu, Maui, Big Island and Kauai that are reserving spots for the children of essential workers.
There are an estimated 65,038 children of essential workers, ranging from infants to 11 years old, who need child care, according to Carol Wear, the associate director of PATCH, which stands for People Attentive to Children.
Despite a statewide mandatory shutdown order of many businesses, child care facilities are considered essential.
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“We are getting many calls for child care and understand the urgency in getting this information out to anyone who needs it as quickly as possible,” Wear said in a statement.
Child care facilities are considered essential businesses and while many have voluntarily closed their doors, others have remained open but limited their space and adjusted their layout accordingly.
There are nearly 100 childcare centers on Oahu currently open — roughly 30 on the Big Island and about a dozen each on Maui and Kauai, according to a press release.
Many generally open around 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The child care centers also vary as far as minimum and maximum age served.
The nonprofits said the list is being updated on a regular basis. Licensed and registered childcare providers who want to be included on the list can call one of the PATCH numbers below, depending on location. Parents can also contact PATCH to inquire about subsidies for tuition support.
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