Childcare centers across Oklahoma are slowly starting to reopen after the coronavirus forced many to close.
More than 650 out of almost 3,000 childcare centers statewide are temporarily closed because of challenges created by the coronavirus.
A Department of Human Services spokeswoman says those shuttered centers could serve as many as 35,000 children.
DHS leaders are asking the centers to stay open to care for the young children of first responders and other frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. And as the state reopens, their work will continue to be vital.