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Amidst Child Care Closures, Child Care Resource & Referral available to help parents find care.

TAMPA, FL (Tuesday, March 24, 2020) – Since a State of Emergency was declared
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, by Governor Ron DeSantis as a result of COVID-19
pandemic, many small businesses have been impacted as the general public was
advised to practice social distancing. On Tuesday, March 17, Governor Ron DeSantis
and Department of Education, Commissioner, Richard Corcoran, announced the
additional guidance for the remainder of the 19-20 school year, closing public and
private schools k-12 until April 15, 2020.

Child care providers were not ordered to close during that time, leaving the
decision to operate to child care providers who operate as privately-owned
businesses. Approximately 20 percent of contracted programs (excluding school-age
afterschool programs and VPK programs through Hillsborough County Public
Schools) that deliver VPK and School Readiness have decided to follow emergency
closing procedures, leaving some families without care options.

With closures taking place daily, there is limited availability for care. However, parents
without care options are being urged to contact the Early Learning Coalition of
Hillsborough County’s (ELCHC) Customer Relations Center for Child Care Resource and
Referral (CCR&R) services. Parents can receive a customized list of available child care
providers in Hillsborough County. Though the ELCHC is not currently taking face-to-face
appointments, this service is still available during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by
phone at 813-515-2340 or by web by visiting www.elchc.org/child-care-resourcereferral/