May 21, 2020
While not often included with first responders, the service you provide is critical. Thank you for your public service. The Department of Human Services (DHS) appreciates child care providers staying open to provide quality, safe care to Iowa’s children during this critical time. The updated guidance has been developed in close consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). The health and safety of children, family, staff and child care providers is of the utmost importance. Child care programs provide an essential support for working families. We need to ensure child care for essential workforce, including healthcare, first responders, critical infrastructure—which includes food service and grocery workers.
Link to Child Care Guidance - additional update 5/22/20
Summer programs provide an essential support for working families. Many schools, communities and child care facilities are working to determine if and when they open to provide summer programming to school-aged children. This updated guidance has been developed in consultation with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Iowa Department of Education (DE).
Link to Summer Program Guidance
Families often want to know how best to locate child care that meets the needs of their family. Child Care Resource and Referral’s (CCR&R) Parent Referral Line can assist in providing you with up-to-date information on child care availability in your community. Parent Specialists can help you at 855-CHILD-01. As families begin looking for child care, parents may also be interested in reviewing the Guide to Choosing Quality Child Care.
However, DHS knows that looking for child care in the midst of a global pandemic may be difficult and families want to know how they can assure the health and safety of children when they attend child care or summer programming.
Link to Tip Sheet for Families
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