Beginning on February 8, child care workers who live or work in Alameda County are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is safe and effective for adults and is one of the best strategies to keep our community safe from the COVID-19 virus. Education and child care workers, formal and informal, are included in Tier 1B in Alameda County. Alameda County’s vaccination prioritization is aligned with the State. COVID-19 vaccines were tested on thousands of volunteers in scientific studies, including people from different races, ethnicities, and age groups.
Step-by-Step Instructions to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine
Follow these links to access instructions and review additional vaccine resources in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Child Care Is Open
Child care is an essential service subject to state and local orders and guidance. Child care providers serving families during COVID-19 should employ heightened cleaning and distancing requirements. Babysitters may also come to the house to care for minors of parents. Alameda County’s Early Care and Education (ECE) Program has a website to support providers who are open or reopening: Growing Back Stronger: Resources for Reopening Your Alameda County Child Care Program.
Health Heroes Program with Samuel Merritt University
The video below was created by Samuel Merritt University nursing student Katarina Yabut, through the Health Heroes for Child Care consultation program, to help providers educate child care and families about proper handwashing techniques.
Get a health consultation from Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing students. Learn more: English, Spanish, Chinese.
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.