Resources for Educators and Child Care Providers
Child Care Open for Essential Workers and Others Permitted to Work
Alameda County has issued a Shelter in Place Order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Child care is an essential service subject to the order and other state and local guidance. The most current orders from the Alameda County Public Health Department regarding child care can be found here. Family child care providers/child care facilities can remain open only for children of parents working in essential sectors and others permitted to work. Child care centers that remain open should employ heightened cleaning and distancing requirements. Babysitters may also come to the house to care for minors of parents working in essential sectors and others permitted to work.
Child Care Providers Who Are Open and Planning to Open
There is a need for child care options for essential workers and others permitted to work. If you are open, please contact your Resource and Referral agency to get connected with supports and to refer essential workers and other income-eligible families for subsidies. Refer to this list of essential workers for more information.
Considerations for High-Risk Individuals
People at higher risk include those over age 60, and those with underlying health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, chronic lung diseases [including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis, pneumonitis, and other lung conditions], or severely weakened immune systems. The decision to serve families is up to you—consider the risks to your personal health and safety, as well as that of your staff and the families you serve.
- Alameda County Guidance
- Webinars for Alameda County Early Care and Education Providers
- State of California Guidance
- COVID-19 Updated Guidance: Child Care Programs and Providers (6/5/2020)
- California Early Childhood Online (CECO). The California Early Learning and Development System provides an integrated set of resources based on state-of-the-art information for early learning and development and best practices in early education. Access comprehensive resources and modules, including a COVID-19 Health and Safety module, on the CECO website.
- Child Care Licensing. The California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing has issued several Public Information Notices (PINs) for child care providers related to COVID-19. Child care providers open for essential workers should review.
- California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division (ELCD). ELCD has created Management Bulletins to provide guidance and directives to early learning and care contractors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Review here.
- For additional state resources:
- Federal Guidance. For Head Starts and other programs funded by the federal government, please refer to the below.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):
- Human Resources Tools for Reopening
- Keeping your child care center safe during COVID-19.
Financial Assistance for Child Care Providers
Resources for small businesses and individuals who have lost their job or had their hours reduced are available to child care providers. The latest information is available on the State’s Employee Development Department (EDD) website.
- EDD began taking applications for its Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Program on April 28. Benefits can be retroactive to weeks starting on or after February 2.
- We shared a summary of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from two webinars co-hosted by Alameda County partners. FAQs covered unemployment and financial assistance and information about operating safely during COVID-19 to provide care for children of essential workers. The FAQS are also available in Spanish and Chinese.
- Berkeley Law students are providing help for individuals and small businesses navigating the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. If you would be interested in participating in this program, add your interest here.
- LIIF is managing emergency grant requests through a targeted regional effort, the COVID-19 Child Care Project. Applications closed June 8, 2020. For questions about the program and grant eligibility, email email@example.com.
- From National Association for the Education of Young Children:
COVID-19 Testing Sites in Alameda County
See a map of COVID-19 testing sites in Alameda County. For the most up-to-date information about testing, visit the ACPHD website. Additional information is available from the State of California here.
Other General Information for Child Care Providers
Resources for Families You Serve