Some parents reduced their hours at work. Others have been relying on extended family to help. Some have continued sending their kids to day care – either because they feel the socialization is good for the child, or because they simply don’t have any other option.
Child care providers have likewise been scrambling to adapt. They’ve been mandated to trim the number of kids they can take at a time. They’ve also had to institute precautions to try to keep kids and staff safe.
And this even taking into account the complications that have arisen as schooling models have changed over the past year.
Child care and the pandemic is the focus of the first part of today’s show, and we’ll hear from parents and child care providers about what they’re doing now and how that’s been changing, as the vaccines roll out.
We’ll hear from ideastream’s Justin Glanville, who’s been reporting on this issue.
And from T.C. Lewis, from WOVU 95.9, Burten Bell Carr Community Radio.
Later in the hour we’ll bring you excerpts of a discussion organized by The League of Women Voters of Ohio discussing the declaration of racism as a public health crisis.
We had a preview of that conversation here on The Sound of Ideas, and wanted to share more of the remarks from elected leaders across Northeast Ohio.
Those on the panel, including Minority Leader of The Ohio House of Representatives Emilia Sykes, and Akron City Council President Margo Sommerville will share how they hope those declarations will shape public policy moving forward, as it related to systemic racism.