Resources for Educators and Child Care Providers


Child Care Is Open

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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