By Kathleen McNerney on August 28, 2020

Pop-up businesses that want to offer child care and remote learning support to students will have to get licensed, under an executive order signed by Gov. Charlie Baker Friday morning.

“We’re already seeing options pop up in communities to meet family needs,” state Early Education and Care Commissioner Sam Aigner-Treworgy told WBUR. “Our biggest concern and our work with the governor’s office to ensure that this executive order helped make sure that those spaces had a pathway, had a mechanism to be safe.”

The order closes a loophole for such businesses, and removes a legal constraint for licensed after-school programs such as the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, United Way and others, which the commissioner called “vital” to serving families. Currently licensed after-school programs will now automatically be allowed to offer services to kids during the school day.

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