Posted by ICCRR in News on 3/20/2020

Child Care Programs,

On March 20, 2020, the Department of Human Services (DHS) issued an updated child care guidance in response to COVID-19.

In this guidance, DHS states:

We recommend social distancing for all ages, as such DHS encourages parents who telecommute to keep their children home with them.

DHS also encourages child care settings to limit rooms to 10 individuals per room when possible, and to increase space between children.

Recess, activities and hallway passing should be staggered to limit interactions.

This is a significant change from normal child care operations. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are making decisions for your child care business:

  • Limiting rooms to 10 individuals is a recommendation and not a mandate.
  • The transition does not need to be in place immediately. There is time to plan.
  • If you choose to follow the new guidance of limiting rooms to 10 individuals per room, your Child Care Resource & Referral Consultant or DHS Compliance Worker can help you develop an implementation plan.
  • This guidance is intended to help child care businesses remain open and staff, children and families stay healthy. It is not intended to encourage closing.

The guidance also outlines mitigation practices all child care programs must deploy immediately:

  • Hygiene and Cleanliness
  • Health
  • Social Distancing
  • Reporting

These practices must be put in place. Your Child Care Nurse Consultant, Child Care Resource & Referral Consultant or DHS Compliance Worker will be available to answer questions you have implementing these required practices. 

One of the reporting requirements states: All child care providers should report available slots to CCR&R daily, or as frequently as possible. This will help ensure access for essential workforce.

Child Care Resource & Referral has a website available for you to email your updates. You can also contact your local Child Care Resource & Referral Consultant with the information. You can find your local consultant on our website.

We are all in this together. COVID-19 has created a lot of unknowns, one thing is for sure, we can rely on each other to get through this. Please reach out as needed.

Child Care Resource & Referral
Regional Directors
Melissa, Mary, Deb, Lora and Becky

 

Tags: covid-19 , guidance , coronavirus

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