The Niagara County Social Services Department said Friday that it is working with the Community Child Care Clearinghouse of Niagara to help parents, especially first responders and health care workers, who must work but need child care options.
As of midday Friday, there were about 600 open child care slots with 37 providers, said Angela Burns, the clearinghouse's child care supervisor.
"We have contacted all of the child care providers in the county and asked them to keep us updated," Burns said. "We're keeping a list, and if parents need our services, they can absolutely give us a call and we will work with them to find a registered or licensed provider for their child or children."
The clearinghouse's number is 716-285-8572.
“We understand the stress essential employees like first responders and health care workers are under as they cannot stay home during this trying time, yet their children are home from school,” said Meghan Lutz, acting Social Services commissioner.