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Gov. Evers orders scaling down of all child care settings

by | Mar 19, 2020 | Legislative Update Blog, State Issue | 0 comments

Schools that operate or house child care centers and have continued to do so during the current public health emergency should pay particular attention to this latest order. From the governor’s office:

“Gov. Tony Evers today directed Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to restrict the size of all child care settings. Centers may not operate with more than 10 staff present at a time and may not operate with more than 50 children present at a time. This order can be found here.

“The restriction in size goes into effect at 8 a.m. on Thurs., March 19, 2020 to give child care providers and families time to make plans for care moving forward. The closure will remain in effect for the duration of the public health emergency declared by Executive Order #72.

“Providers are being asked to prioritize families of healthcare and essential service providers, using good faith to determine who those families are. Those using care who can keep their children at home are being asked to do so. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) and DHS have updated guidance for providers to implement this emergency order, available here.”

Please note that this order applies to “all licensed and certified child care providers caring for any age or ages of children up to 18 years of age.”  Under the order, “staff” includes “any paid or unpaid adult rendering services or providing support to the function of a child care setting.”


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