Pa. officials say they’re trying to help parents juggle work and school as classes start online

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“Because school-aged children are expected to be in school for the bulk of the day, there are restrictions on licensed childcare for school-aged children,” Miller explained. 

They’re relaxing many of those restrictions to allow parents to form “a collective or a learning pod” for their children without going through licensing.

A list of recommendations for those learning pods are on the DHS website, including recommendations to try to limit exposure to the coronavirus.

“What we don’t want are parents quitting their jobs to stay home with their school-aged children,” she said. 

They’re partnering with groups like the United Way and YMCA to set up part-day cares that wouldn’t have the traditional certification, but would have to follow certain guidelines — including background checks — to offer care in a commercial setting rather than in homes. 

A database is being put together on their website

She said parents should not assume all day cares will be able to accommodate virtual learning, adding that’s a conversation to have before signing up.