Childcare Centers Hope for some Relief from next Covid-19 Bill

HELAINE WILSON, HUMBLEBEE CHILDCARE SERVICES: WE'RE ONE OF THOSE PANDEMIC CENTERS. WE ONLY CLOSED A WEEK AND A HALF. THEN WE WERE RIGHT BACK AT IT. WE'VE BEEN LEARNING EVERYTHING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE. REBECCA SAYS: HAVE YOU INCURRED ANY EXTRA COSTS TO KEEP THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT? HELAINE: WE DID HAVE INCREASED COST. HAND SANITIZERS, PPE, AND HAVE TO DEAL WITH REDUCED CLASS SIZES. WE DIDN'T WANT TO CRAM OUR CLASSES BACK TO THE SAME NUMBERS THAT WE WERE. rEBECCA DO YOU THINK CHILDCARE CENTERS ARE ABLE TO WEATHER THE STORM? TRANSMISSION RATES- HAS ANYTHING ALARMED YOU? HELAINE: A LOT HAS ALARMED ME. FROM THE PEOPLE WHO'VE GOTTEN SICK, TO THE CHILDCARE CENTERS CLOSING. JUST LIKE WE'RE GIVING CONDOLENSEC TO PEOPLE WHO'VE LOST LOVED ONES, WE'RE GIVING CONDOLENSES TO PEOPLE WHO'VE CLOSED THEIR BUSINESSES. AS ONE OF THOSE OPEN, WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP HEALTHY NUMBERS, BUT IT'S LEAVING A LOT OF PARENTS WITHOUT CARE AND A GAP. THEY NEED A PLAVE TO KEEP THEIR KIDS SO THEY CAN GO BACK TO WORK. REBECCA SAYS: WHAT'S THE OUTLOOK FOR YOUR INDUSTRY IN 2021, ESPECIALLY WITH MORE OF THE VACCINE COMING ONLINE AND INCREASED AVAILABILITY? HELAINE: WE DID HEAR FROM CAPITOL HILL ABOUT PUSHING FOR GROUP OF TEACHERS PRIORITY TO GET THE VACCINE SHOULD THEY CHOOSE. WE'RE ALSO PUSHING FOR MORE SUPPORT FINANCIALLY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES TO MAKE SURE WE CAN STAY NI OPERATION. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO MAINTAIN THAT LEVEL OF SAFETY.

Childcare Centers Hope for some Relief from next Covid-19 Bill