PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey is taking action to help those on the front line of the coronavirus battle with child care.
Ducey announced Friday the launch of Arizona Enrichment Centers which will be open starting Monday, April 6.
The program will offer childcare to first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including safety workers.
NEW: Arizona Enrichment Centers, which offer child care support to first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, launch Monday. Find more information: https://t.co/tsCtOjX7Aq #COVID19— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) April 3, 2020
"Arizona is coming together to serve our frontline workers serving all of us," said Governor Ducey. "Through support including child care assistance and financial resources, we can help alleviate some of the stress and concerns that families serving on the frontlines are facing.”
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said in a statement, "This initiative is critically important for the children and families of our first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential emergency personnel.”
Arizona Enrichment Centers was made possible due to a broad network of child care providers, the Arizona Department of Education, Health Services, and other State agencies.
According to a statement from the Governor’s Office, the goal of the program is to keep front line workers in the field serving Arizona residents and ensure Arizona kids are safe and supported.
For those who meet the eligibility criteria, here is how to register:
Find a child care provider near you by going to the Arizona Enrichment Centers Website. If you have children 12 years of age and younger, you can access child care through licensed childcare providers across the state. There is also a list of unlicensed community care providers also offering care for children, including youth 13 years of age and up.
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