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Kidz Kare reopening under director’s order amid COVID-19 pandemic

Updated: Dec 5, 2021

By Grace Wakim

LOVELAND, Ohio – Liz Tyler, Kidz Kare owner, reopened the childcare business on Monday, June 1 after being closed for several months and will obey state safety laws for COVID-19.

The Ohio Department of Health initiated 11 orders for reopening childcare services to prevent the spread of the disease. This order will remain in effect until July 1, 2020.

Parents are expected to remain in the car while dropping their children at Kidz Kare to minimize potential contact with the virus. Tyler will walk the children inside.

They are enforcing temperature checks for workers and children before entering the facility. Each child is required to wear a mask and must practice social distancing by sitting on separate carpet tiles.

Tyler and her two staff members complete a deep cleaning throughout the day. Wanda Nulsen, one of the staff members, is responsible for disinfecting and wiping toys after a child touches it.

Penalties will be distributed if businesses or employers violate any of the special rules. Kidz Kare takes safety precautions seriously and hopes “parents can trust us to take care of their children,” said Tyler.

Parents trust Kidz Kare to watch over children from three to seven years old. Alternative care is more difficult to find as more companies reopen. Tyler loves helping children and hopes parents will continue to use her service.

“Liz and her staff will care for Ben and the other kids,” said Susann Karshuk, mother of five-year-old Ben. Karshuk is confident that “they’ll take all the precautions they need to take” and “follow all of the rules they need to follow”.

“Lilly’s been going here for two years. She loves Miss Liz and the workers,” said Shelly Marks, mother of 4-year-old Lilly.

Tyler expected to watch over 30 kids each day like she previously had, but according to new state laws and regulations, there cannot be more than 12 children inside at time.

Kidz Kare enrollment is down 50% from last summer and has let-go of two employees since shutting down due to COVID-19.

“We should’ve opened weeks ago,” said Tyler, who started Kidz Kare in 2002 and “loves this job so much”. She expects to “last for a couple of months” before deciding whether to shut down or move to a location with cheaper rent. Either way, she is in debt and struggles to pay bills.

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