If Your Child Care Program Remains Open
Child care programs that remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic should address these additional considerations:
● Implement social distancing strategies
● Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts
● Modify drop off and pick up procedures
● Implement screening procedures up the arrival
● Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety.
(a) Plan and recruit those with child care experience to ensure you have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in if your staff members are sick or stay home to care for sick family members.
● When feasible, staff members and older children should wear face coverings within the facility. Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.
Some schools, child care programs, and service organizations are supporting their communities by providing temporary or emergency child care services for the children of essential service providers such as first responders, healthcare workers, transit or retail food workers, and persons who do not have paid leave, cannot work from home or do not have a family caregiver at home.
● If you re-purpose your school or service facility as an emergency or temporary child care centre, please follow guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools.
● Be sure to follow state and local child care licensing policies and regulations. Specifically, all facilities should continue to adhere to their state and local licensing policies unless otherwise notified by their local health department.
● Guidance may also be provided by the department of education and/or health department in your state, city, or locality.