March 29, 2021
Dear Child Care Providers,
The Department of Human Services (DHS) has updated child care guidance (dated 3/24/21) in response to COVID-19. This 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 essential support for working families.
Link to Child Care Guidance
In addition to the updated guidance, DHS and IDPH have updated instructions for COVID-19 case reporting. This includes whom to contact, descriptions of close contact, and what to do when positive tests happen.
Link to Case Reporting and Outbreak Responsibilities for Child Care
We want to thank each and every one of you as we all try to do our best for children and families. Please reach out to your Child Care Nurse Consultant, DHS Consultant, or CCR&R Child Care Consultant with questions.
We appreciate your diligence in keeping children safe, implementing guidelines, and supporting your community. Thank you for always rising to the challenge.
Ryan Page, M.C.J.
Child Care Regulatory Program Manager
Team Lead, Child Care Bureau
Division of Adult, Children & Family Services
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