The Child Care Task Force has created a new program called One Utah Child Care to meet child care needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the dismissal of schools and closures of some child care centers, employees who are vital to maintaining the health and safety of Utahns are in need of options for their children.
Jade Elliott sat down with Tracy Gruber, Office of Child Care Director, to discuss the program and childcare options on this episode of the Baby Your Baby Podcast.
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One Utah Child Care will connect these employees with child care providers prepared to meet this need. Centers will first be available along the Wasatch Front beginning April 1 and continue to roll out additional resources as the needs arise. All centers will follow strict safety and social distancing guidelines outlined by the Department of Health. Parents can begin registering on March 30 at jobs.utah.gov/covid19/.
These efforts represent the coordination of individual providers and organizations coming together to meet a critical need in our community, accurately representing “one Utah”.
There are still resources available to other individuals who are working but do not fall under the category of essential employees. Many Utah child care programs remain open and available with safety protocols in place to protect both the staff and children from the spread of COVID-19. Parents can find available providers at careaboutchildcare.org.
The Baby Your Baby program provides many resources for all pregnant women and new moms in Utah. There is also expert advice from the Utah Department of Health and Intermountain Healthcare that air each week on KUTV 2News.