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Updates on Emergency Childcare and Unemployment

Emergency Childcare Centers Update:

  • Last week, the Commonwealth announced that effective Monday, March 23, all early education centers and family childcare providers will be closed.
  • Starting Monday, selected sites will open to serve as emergency drop-in childcare services for families with no other options to continue going to work to ensure the safety, health, and welfare of the Commonwealth’s residents.
  • Child Care is meant to be for those who must report to work. Outside of the obvious emergency responders and medical professionals, this includes critical service workers like grocery store employees.
  • As of Sunday evening, the Commonwealth had approved approximately 500 sites to start operations on Monday. We expect more to come online, but this needs to be implemented safely and the sites should only be used as a last resort.


Virtual Town Halls on Unemployment Benefits:

Beginning this week, in order to better meet the needs of residents whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19, the Department of Unemployment Assistance will be hosting daily town hall meetings to help constituents achieve a successful unemployment claim. DUA will also take questions from claimants across the Commonwealth.

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