Despite pleas from the state to stay open, 747 of Oklahoma's 3,000 childcare centers have shuttered because of coronavirus fears. They have capacity for almost 40,000 children.
A Department of Human Services spokeswoman says 25 previously closed childcare centers have re-opened and that the state will continue providing resources to keep those still operating from closing.
Childcare centers, like Wovenlife in Oklahoma City, are vital. That center’s executive director David Wood says they’ve gone from seeing 80 children a day to about 20.