Responsible ReStartOhio Child Care Update
Governor Mike DeWine commented on childcare and stated that Ohio will have the safest Child Care but it will look different. The Director's Order that Reopens Facilities Providing Child Care Services, With Exceptions. The order details:
- Defines types of facilities that may reopen and to remain closed (Section 2)
- General business sector requirements (Section 19); and
- Sector Specific requirements (Section 10).
Additional guidance and best practices are detailed in the documents listed below:
- Responsible ReStartOhio: Child Care (REVISED 05/19/2020)
- Responsible ReStartOhio Child Care Spanish (05/28/2020)
- What Parents Should Know (Spanish) (05/14/2020)
To the extent any public official enforcing this Order has questions regarding what services are prohibited under this Order, contact the local department of job and family services to answer questions regarding Child Care Licenses and to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) the authority to answer questions regarding ODE licensed services consistent with this Order.
For Questions and Information Please Contact: Portage County Department of Jobs and Family Services
Whole Child Nutrition and Summer Food Service Program
During the ordered school-building closure period, schools may continue to receive reimbursement for meals served by participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) or the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Schools may operate as open, restricted open or targeted outreach sites. Refer to the map and map site key for available meal service in your area. Contact your school or district for details about their meal programs.
University Hospitals Portage Summer Lunch Program
The Portage County Community Action Council Sponsors a Summer Food Program
Find Kids Meals Assistance
Ohio Department of Education Kids Eat Program
Many districts and schools are continuing to support students by providing breakfast and lunch in non-congregate settings. To find a meal site near you, use the Ohio Department of Education’s interactive map or check your local district’s website or social media channels for meal distribution locations and times.
USDA Food and Nutrition Services
USDA Find Kids Meals Interactive Map. To ensure that children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school are able to get the nutrition they need, USDA is working with states to continue providing meals to students. Usually, the rules require that children gather and eat their meals on site. However, due to the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency and the need for social distancing, USDA was able to make temporary changes so that meals may be taken home, and parents or guardians may pick meals for their children if the state allows. Families can use this tool to find directions to nearby sites as well as hours of operation and contact information.
The USDA National Hunger Hotline
- Call 1 (866) - 3-HUNGRY / (866) 348-6479
Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Assistance
WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, nutritious foods, and referrals to other health and human service agencies. The purpose of the program is to help improve diet during critical times of growth and development. Contact us at the following locations:
- Portage County WIC , 449 South Meridian Street, Ravenna, Ohio, (330) 297-9422
- Portage County Columbiana County WIC, 7876 Lincole Drive, Lisbon, Ohio 44432, (330) 424-7293
SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Ohioans who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can now use their Ohio Direction cards to purchase food online through Walmart and Amazon
CDC Guidance for K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for K-12 schools and childcare facilities includes:
- Ongoing Mitigation Guidance:
- K-12 schools and childcare:
- Child care programs that remain open
- Prevention and Support:
- CDC/EPA cleaning and disinfection guidance;
- FAQs for Administrators, Teachers and Parents
- Talking with children about COVID-19
- Checklists for Teachers and Parents; and
- Tips for parents while school is out