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NYC day care in limbo as reopening begins

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 18:02:58-04

MANHATTAN — New York City day care centers have been open, caring for the children of essential workers during the pandemic.

As more businesses are set to open up on Monday, nonessential workers will need childcare too.

One day care center in Manhattan says they want to know when they will be able to care for those children, because parents who have to go to work are in limbo.

The owner of the Goddard School on Second Avenue in Midtown, Rami Singh, says he’s hoping for guidance from the health department on what to do Monday. Phase 1 of reopening starts in New York City Monday and some nonessential workers are going back to work and many of them need child care immediately.

“They have children at home, they are calling us and they wonder if they can send their children and go back to work,” said Singh.

The Goddard school can accommodate 155 children and is currently taking care of 31 kids of essential workers. Singh says about 70 parents are waiting for guidance on when they can take care of their kids, so they can plan their lives in the coming weeks.

Since the pandemic began, Greenwich Village mother Judith Livingston says without day care, moms like her can’t go back to work.

“You’ve got to go to work and pay the bills,” said Livingston.

“The board of health issued orders requiring the closure of Article 43 and Article 47 child care programs by April 6, 2020, unless serving children of essential workers, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We are reaching out to inform you that these orders are still in effect,” the Health Department said in a statement. “The Health Department is monitoring conditions in NYC to determine when to allow child care centers to reopen.”

Singh says they look forward to welcoming the children and the families of nonessential workers back soon.