Child care is an essential service subject to state and local orders and guidance. The most current orders from the Alameda County Public Health Department regarding child care can be found here. 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.
Child Care Providers Who Are Open and Planning to Open
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.
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.
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers
The FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Read the full announcement in English and Spanish.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From National Association for the Education of Young Children: