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Child Care In The Coronavirus Era: The Kids Are Social Distancing

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Long Beach’s Young Horizons Child Development Centers reopened on Monday morning with a lesson in social distancing.

“No more hugs, no more high fives,” said teacher Nancy Ramirez. “Now we can wave, or bow. We have to do this to keep the germs away.”

The centers reopened two campuses for 55 children of essential workers for the first time since mid-March. Right now more than half of L.A. County’s child care centers are closed, according to the state’s Department of Social Services.

Gov. Gavin Newsom says that will have to change as the state reopens businesses.

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"Child care is foundational to getting people back to work," Newsom said at an April 28 press briefing. "If they cannot get the kind of quality child care that they deserve, they are less likely to get back to work and jump start this economy."

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