Resources for Educators and Child Care Providers

COVID-19 Vaccines

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.

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.

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.

Vaccine Clinics

Alameda County’s Emergency Child Care Response Team is proud to offer a Pfizer Vaccine Clinic specifically for licensed and license-exempt (family, friend, and neighbor) child care providers and family members living in the homes of family child care businesses who are at least 16 years old and live or work in Alameda County.

Click here to learn more and register for the Child Care Provider COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic now through April 10th & 17th!


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.

Only licensed and license-exempt child care providers located in counties identified as being in the widespread (purple) risk level must follow the Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). For all other tiers, please follow the COVID-19 Child Care Industry guidance for group size. Learn more in PIN 21-08-CCP (Supersedes PIN 20-22-CCP), and visit the Alameda County Reopening Child Care site for further guidance.


Health Heroes Program with Samuel Merritt University

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.

Get a health consultation from Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing students. Learn more: English, Spanish, Chinese.

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


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

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