At the March 26, 2020 press conference with Governor Sununu, an executive order was established asking NH residents to stay at home until May 4, 2020. The Governor also stressed that the child care workforce is essential during this crisis, and that they will be supported to stay open. To view this executive order visit https://www.governor.nh.gov/news-media/emergency-orders/documents/emergency-order-17-1.pdf.
Associate Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Christine Tappan spoke to this support through a written brief entitled “COVID-19 Response: DHHS Establishes Emergency Child Care Collaborative”. Through this collaborative, a public-private partnership has been formed to establish a system of emergency child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see this link.
This plan is to help child care programs continue to operate when they can safely do so. Not only does this help the Granite State address urgent child care needs of New Hampshire’s essential workforce, it helps to ensure stability for child care programs to continue operating long after.
More information regarding this will be provided. The Emergency Child Care Collaborative will work to support child care programs and Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is working in partnership on this collaborative. Please ensure that you have contacted us at CCAoNH regarding your openings, closures, re-openings, vacancies and your willingness to provide child care for families needing temporary emergency child care. You can do this by calling one of our emergency child care lines at 603-578-1386, ext. 2528 or ext. 2533 or toll free at (855) 393-1731 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use subject line “Emergency Child Care”.