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Remaining Child Care Providers Must Limit Number Of Children, Screen For Illness

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The state agencies that oversee child care in California say child care providers who are still operating must limit the number of children in their care to no more than 10 at a time and screen everyone for illness.

Providers, who are considered essential workers, have been clamoring for more information on how to safely care for children for weeks. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order this week that allows the Departments of Education and Social Services to approve child care and after-school programs for children of health care professionals, emergency responders, law enforcement officers and grocery workers.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued similar instructions last week; the guidelines also said providers should encourage children to play individually and not serve meals family or buffet style.

One notable difference in the updated guidance from the Department of Social Services is the reduction in the number of children who should be cared for in a group from 12 to 10. The number is lower if infants are part of the group.

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The new guidance remains in effect until June 30.

Read the full notice below: