Ladybird Academy providing free child care to nurses, doctors fighting coronavirus

Day cares are not required to shut down, so they're stepping up.

ORLANDO, Fla. — While many offices and businesses are allowing employees to work from home to stop the spread of coronavirus, some workers have to continue to go into the office, making child care an issue.

But day cares that are staying open are stepping up to help those in need.

All Ladybird Academy facilities will provide free child care to all nurses and doctors who need help as they fight the COVID-19 pandemic until April 10.

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“We are committed to help those who need us,” said Linzi Hansla, director of operations for Ladybird Academy. “We are hoping that this helps those are on the front line who are obviously risking their health.”

Like other businesses, day cares have also had to change how they do business. Parents are no longer allowed to leave the front lobby to get their children. Instead, the children will be brought to them.

While teaching toddlers social distancing is a challenge, Ladybird locations have limited the number of staff and children to 10 per classroom.

La Petite Academy said it will remain open for now and will continue to monitor the situation and cooperate with local and state officials.

Many facilities said they are following guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

StarChild Academy Winter Garden said it has canceled all group outings and parents must now walk their child directly to the sink and wash their hands for 20 seconds before taking them into a classroom.

Reporter Sarahbeth Ackerman spoke with area daycares about what they're doing to protect local families.