Child-care facilities open for children of essential workers

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - The Vienna Learning Center and the YMCA of Parkersburg are among day-care facilities in the Mid-Ohio Valley that have been able to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic to care for the children of parents who are essential workers.

"We knew quite a few of are parents are employed in the medical field, and so we didn’t want to leave them with no care during a really important time for them to be at work," said Darlene Parsons, owner of the Learning Center.

Parsons said she felt it was important to still provide this service to those who need child care, and she said her business is taking keep children and employees safe.

Both day cares, which are still accepting children, said they are following guidelines put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health officials, including checking the temperatures of children and employees.

Both facilities are also bleaching and sanitizing everything that is touched.

"We are doing our very best to provide a safe and secure environment," said Jeff Olson, CEO of the YMCA of Parkersburg.

In addition, the YMCA has hired more custodial staff to keep the facility clean, Olson said.

The YMCA has been approved to accept children ages 2 through 4, along with school-age children, during the crisis.

To contact the Learning Center, call 304-916-8128 or visit its Facebook page.

To contact the YMCA, call 304-485-5585.