Guidance and poster updated 5/11/2020 to align with current NC Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care Settings – updated 5/6/2020, which expands on the situations in which adults and children should wear cloth face coverings.
This post was updated 5/11/2020. Please contact your Child Care Health Consultant for the latest flowchart, as guidance may vary from county to county. Visit the NC DHHS website for details about COVID-19 symptoms, and information about minimum self-isolation and quarantine recommendations.
Now available are recorded COVID-19 webinars held by DCDEE for child care providers during the week of March 29, 2020. The webinars included discussions on Emergency Child Care Provider Application, available financial assistance information and health, safety and screening guidelines.
The information below includes other information topics and recent updates.
Child Care Access & Financial Assistance Available for Essential Workers
We have two resources for essential workers (as defined in Executive Order 121) who are in need of emergency child care.
- We partnered with the NC Child Care Resource & Referral network to launch a hotline, 1-888-600-1685, to connect families with child care programs that have agreed to meet updated health, safety and operational guidelines.
- For those essential workers who need it, financial assistance for emergency child care is available.
Child Care Payment Policies Released
On Friday, April 3, DCDEE released COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies, which provides detailed information about policy changes that apply to licensed or regulated child care facilities.
COVID-19 Dashboard Updated
Data on COVID-19 can be found on the Dashboard. In addition to information on number of laboratory-confirmed cases, hospitalizations and deaths, there is demographic information and data about outbreaks in congregate settings.
New Video on Reducing Anxiety and Stress
Dr. Carrie Brown, NC DHHS Chief Medical Officer of Behavioral Health and IDD, has a new video on ways to manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19 social distancing, quarantine and isolation.
Our latest newsletter is full of health, safety and screening information about Coronavirus, COVID-19 and how it affects childcare in North Carolina.
To assist child care facilities in keeping track of Daily Health Checks, we have created a Daily Health Check record that is now available for download.
For more information about limiting the spread of COVID-19, read about:
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are offering informative webinars on the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Current status of the COVID-19 crisis in North Carolina
- COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Provider Application
- Financial Assistance for Providers
- Financial Assistance for Parents
- Resources available
Following the presentation, NC DHHS leadership will lead a moderated Q&A session.
There will be four different opportunities for child care providers to participate in the webinar. Please choose the time that works best for you.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Attendee Link: https://cisco.webex.com/cisco/onstage/g.php?MTID=e488e912d05a555da3c329bfe944c5106
Password – covid19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 1:00-2:30 pm
Attendee Link: https://cisco.webex.com/cisco/onstage/g.php?MTID=e761628ddd93b2612789ad82661e7946a
Password – covid19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – 3:00-4:30 pm
Attendee Link: https://cisco.webex.com/cisco/onstage/g.php?MTID=e644cd1debe269c018cd0c95a1b8c608e
Password – covid19
For best results, it is recommended that each attendee join the meeting by computer, laptop, or tablet.
The Centers for Disease Control has updated their guidance for cleaning and disinfecting schools, child care and other community facilities on March 26th. The new guidance covers:
- Updated guidance for cleaning and disinfection of soft (porous) surfaces
- Updated links to EPA-registered disinfectant list
- Added guidance for disinfection of electronics
- Updated core disinfection/cleaning guidance
If you are continuing to provide child care in NC, download and post this door sign created by the NC Child Care Health and Resource Center, at the entrance of your facility:
For more information on the steps child care facilities who remain open to serve essential personnel in their communities, visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services website. Read more about checking temperatures and using thermometers during the COVID-19 outbreak here.
During the current state of emergency, many early educators might be getting close to their expiration date for the ITS-SIDS training. Please be aware that DCDEE has released the following guidance allowing Flexibility in Policy and Regulatory Requirements during COVID-19:
For Training Requirements in Child Care Rule 10A NCAC 09 .1102 it is allowable to provide an additional six months for administrators and any child care provider to complete CPR, FA and ITS-SIDS training if needed. This change is allowed as long as one child care provider who has completed the CPR, FA training is present while children are in care, and as long as one child care provider in the infant room who has completed the ITS-SIDS training is present while infants are in care.
If early educators are unable to get the ITS-SIDS training at this time, please review this document carefully. It includes rule changes that were made in October 2017. It is important that these rules are followed so that safe sleep environments can be provided for infants.
In addition, there are current sample policies available on our website that reflect the rule changes (available in English and Spanish).