Now that Carbon County is in the yellow phase, child care centers are able to reopen.

News 13 visited a day care that has been serving families of essential workers throughout the pandemic to see how its operations have changed.

Kids at the Nature Preschool in Towamensing Township are used to playing outdoors.

"If we're learning about fish for example, today the kids are blowing bubbles, they're swimming around with big fish, they're playing with fish in the water," said Miranda Clark, who teaches the Nature Preschool program.

But in the age of social distancing, teachers are trying to keep kids outside even more.

"Especially during hard times like right now where their schedules are kind of disrupted, being outside is great even for their mental health. It helps them kind of regulate the weird emotions they're having right now and it also helps them stay healthy," said Clark.

The preschool program is run through Little Warriors Child Care. Both received waivers to remain open through the pandemic for kids of essential workers.

The owner operates two other locations but consolidated to one spot for now.

"This is our biggest location so they can really spread out here. We're licensed for 67 but we only have 18 children at the most right now," said Cindy Simmons, who owns the day care.

CDC guidelines are being followed. Temperature checks for staff and children are a daily routine and whenever the kids can, they wear masks.

"Some of them it's no problem. Others...it's a challenge and it's pretty much as much as they'll tolerate. I tell them 'If you're having trouble breathing, drop it down, take a few quick breathes, and put it back on," said Simmons.

Teachers say keeping young kids apart all the time is impossible, but they're doing their best.

"For snack time we try to split them up as much as we can. For arts and crafts time and things like that, we try to split them up and maybe do them one at a time," said Clark.

Cleaning regimens have also become more intense.

Teachers say increasing hand washing and sanitizing classrooms and toys is the most they can do, as kids will be kids.

"They're going to play together and we just scrub them down," said Simmons.