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.

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.

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