Sunday, August 30, 2020

In the News: Gov Baker issues executive order on child care and activates 1,000 National Guard

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin: 

"Gov. Charlie Baker signed an executive order Friday that gives working parents more child care options for children engaged in remote learning when school resumes this fall. 
The order allows the Department of Early Education and Care to authorize currently licensed after-school and out-of-school programs to operate during the school day. Current law prohibits such programs for school-aged children from offering care during regular school hours. 
It will allow YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, family child care homes and other facilities to care for school-age children who are learning remotely. 
The state will also exempt informal remote learning parent cooperative arrangements organized by families, if the groups are supervised by unpaid parents."
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Related article from the Boston Globe

"One thousand members of the Massachusetts National Guard were activated to state active duty on Friday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

In a statement, a spokesperson said only that the National Guard members were being activated, “in the event that municipal leaders require their assistance.”

While no specific reason was cited for the activation, Baker’s decision comes on the heels of protests and deadly violence in Wisconsin following the shooting of Jacob Blake."
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