CDC Releases New Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs During COVID-19

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an updated guidance for operating child care programs during COVID-19. Recent changes include:

  • Expanded guidance background for what is known about COVID-19 and transmission in child care settings
  • Updated guidance for mask use for child care
  • Updated guidance on ventilation and water systems
  • Updated guidance for children with special needs and disabilities
  • Updated guidance on cohorting and staggering strategies
  • Updated guidance for communal spaces, food service, playgrounds and play space.
  • Updated guidance on recognizing signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and screening
  • Updated guidance on protecting people at higher risk
  • Updated guidance for Direct Service Providers (DSPs)

This guidance is intended for all types of child care programs, including child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start programs and other pre-kindergarten programs.

This guidance, along with additional updates from federal and state agencies, can be found on the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD) COVID-19 resource page.