Child care facilities prepare to ramp up as businesses reopen, parents return to work

Childcare facilities face new challenges in COVID-19 era

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Childcare facilities across the country are wrestling with how to reopen — if they haven’t already — and how to safely care for kids if they do.

The efforts come as more parents return to work and seek child care options.

Kamaaina Kids has been able to keep their 22 preschool locations open for essential workers. Now, they’re preparing to take children of non-essential employees.

Ed Silva, director of the Kamaaina Kids school-age program, said the older kids must wear masks and are screened before entering the facility.

“We have modified our drop-off and pick-up procedures and have systems in place for hand washing and social distancing to keep children and our team safe,” Silva said.

Silva said it’s about implementing the new rules while maintaining a sense of normalcy and routine for the children they care for. There is space available in their preschool and school-age programs.

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