Our Fall 2020 newsletter is now available in Spanish. Please share it with Spanish speaking early educators.
Our Fall 2020 newsletter is available with information, tips, and resources on how to stay safe and ways to encourage physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Summer 2020 newsletter is now available in Spanish. Please share with Spanish speaking early educators.
Governor Cooper signed an executive order on June 24 that included requirements for wearing of face covering. Two resources made available recently by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are a Door Sign for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings (English, Spanish) and a How to Properly Use a Cloth Face Covering YouTube video.
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.
Update – guidance further updated 2/5/2021.
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.