Resources for Early Care and Education Providers

COVID-19 Vaccines

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective for adults and is one of the best strategies to keep our community safe from the COVID-19 virus. For general questions about COVID-19 or the vaccine, visit the Alameda County Public Health Department website, call (510) 268-2101, or email Your actions continue to save lives, and we appreciate all that you do for the children and families you serve.

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.

If you are open or planning to re-open, please contact your local child care resource and referral agency to get connected with supports.

contact information for resource and referral agencies

Health Heroes Program with Samuel Merritt University

Would you like help promoting health and wellness for the children in your child care center or family child care home?Health Heroes is a partnership between Samuel Merritt University (SMU) School of Nursing and the Alameda County Emergency Child Care Response Team. Health Heroes are nursing students who team up with child care sites to answer questions, identify needs, and provide instruction and guidance for health and safety during the pandemic.

Health Heroes is recruiting sites for its next three cohorts, July to November 2021.  Please note that all SMU Student Nurses have been vaccinated and services are available in many languages. For more information and to register, please see the flyer in English, Spanish, Chinese.

Watch and learn! Click here to learn more about Health Heroes!

General Guidance

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

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