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Tennessee offering essential workers free child care

Apr 19, 2020 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is offering free child care to essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Tennessee Department of Human Services says the offer involves payment assistance and a network of temporary care locations to offer the free care through June 15. The department will arrange payments for care with licensed programs once workers are approved for the initiative. Eligible workers can apply online. Essential workers with school-aged children can also register at one of the temporary and emergency child care locations set up by the YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee. Parents seeking care at the temporary locations do not need to apply with the state first. Eligible essential workers include employees of a health care entity, law enforcement, first responders, corrections officers, military, activated National Guard, human and social services workers, postal workers, transportation employees, restaurant workers or grocery workers.

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