The health and safety of our children, families, and child care providers is our top priority. While things are changing rapidly every day, we want to provide a resource page of updated Information from reliable sources, such as our local Public Health Department, the California Department of Education, the Governor's Office, the Center for Disease Control, the CA Department of Developmental Services, our local County Office of Education, and other organizations. We are also including family friendly resources, as well as children’s activities. We will be updating this information daily and we are happy to add any suggestions for links or resources.
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Humboldt County Public Health - UPDATED Education Guidance 3.29.21
Humboldt County Public Health - UPDATED Travel Guidance and Quarantine 4.5.21
Getting Vaccinated for COVID-19
The “My Turn CA” vaccine sign up is now open to all County residents 16 and older! All Humboldt County residents age 16 and over can now sign up for COVID-19 vaccination appointments through My Turn. This includes people with or without medical conditions and from all sectors and occupations. Residents age 18 and over can go to MyTurn.ca.gov to schedule an appointment now. For more information and about the special requirements for 16- and 17-year-olds visit the Humboldt County COVID-19 webpage.
And some Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreen’s and Walmart locations are offering COVID19 vaccination appointments. Learn who is eligible for vaccination and see if there are appointments available for your age group or sector at one of these locations by clicking on the links below.
Rite Aid: https://www.riteaid.com/covid-19
FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol
-Product list: https://www.fda.gov/…/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-upda…
New Resource Guide From the Office of Child Care’s Initiative To Improve the Social and Emotional Wellness of Children
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has swiftly and substantially affected the social and emotional health of children, especially those experiencing multiple hardships. As the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the United States, many children are experiencing widespread disruptions in daily life. Young children are reacting to stress as their parent and caregiver routines change. Children may have strong feelings of fear, worry, sadness, and anger about the pandemic and related issues that affect behavior at home and in child care.
To address these issues, in December 2020 the Office of Child Care (OCC) announced its new initiative to further integrate social and emotional support strategies in child care’s mixed-delivery system. Through this work, OCC will support expanding access to research-based social and emotional and trauma-responsive practices in child care across the country. The first activity of this initiative is the publication of A Resource Guide for Developing Integrated Strategies To Support the Social and Emotional Wellness of Children, which highlights promising strategies and provides information about how some Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program grantees have already leveraged partnerships and funding to support implementation success.
The topics addressed in the resource guide are relevant to CCDF administrators in states, territories, and Tribes; those who work in infant-toddler specialist networks, quality initiatives, child care licensing agencies, and Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships; Preschool Development Grant Birth Through Five (PDG B–5) grantees; Tribal leaders; and other child care stakeholders. The topics in the resource guide include:
- The benefits of integrating strategies to support the social and emotional wellness of children, families, and providers
- Implementation considerations
- Social and emotional wellness initiatives and delivery strategies
- The pyramid model for promoting social and emotional competence in infants and young children
- Infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC)
- Relationship-based care for infants and toddlers: A training-for-trainers professional development strategy
- Social and emotional wellness strategies for school-age children
- The integration of social and emotional supports as part of CCDF quality activities
- Examples of social and emotional development in state quality rating and improvement system standards
- The landscape of states’ pyramid model implementation
- The landscape of IECMHC implementation
- Social and emotional wellness resources
- Federal technical assistance (TA).
This initiative will be implemented by staff working with CCDF program and PDG B–5 grantees in partnership with several of OCC’s TA Centers, including the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center), National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment, Child Care State Capacity Building Center and its Infant and Toddler Specialist Network, and National Center on Tribal Early Childhood Development. In addition, OCC is partnering with the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations (funded by the U.S. Department of Education) and the Center of Excellence for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
For more information or to inquire about TA efforts to support your social and emotional wellness initiative, contact the ECQA Center at QualityAssuranceCenter@ecetta.info.
Hot off the Press—New Report on the OCC Website: Supporting Working Families and Increasing Access to High-Quality Child Care: Voices From the Field
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), focuses on finding innovative solutions to improve working families’ access to affordable, high-quality child care. From September through November 2019, the White House Office of Economic Initiatives partnered with ACF to convene a series of half-day Roundtables in 10 locations across the country. A critical element of those Roundtables was speaking to those most directly affected by child care access and affordability. More than 900 parents, child care providers, employers, state and local officials, and innovators discussed barriers to—and practical solutions for—improving access to child care. To gather formal input from the field, ACF issued a Request for Information in October 2019. HHS and White House leadership heard from stakeholder groups directly using, providing, or affected by child care. By listening, ACF increased its understanding of what steps should be taken to improve access to affordable, high-quality child care that meets the needs and preferences of working families.
This report and executive summary, Supporting Working Families and Increasing Access to High-Quality Child Care: Voices From the Field, are available to view and download via this Office of Child Care (OCC) Web link. Both documents provide a summary of the feedback that ACF heard from each of the stakeholder groups. Each group had varying perspectives about the barriers and possible solutions to address them. The different groups did not all agree on the necessary specific strategies, and within each of the stakeholder groups very diverse perspectives were presented. The report concludes with a summary of high-level themes expressed across all the discussions and future directions for ACF to consider.
“Even amidst a pandemic this report is still timely. The fundamental challenges of providing high-quality child care that parents can afford still exist apart from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The input from stakeholders at the Roundtables can help all of us rebuild a system that better meets the Nation’s child care needs. I would like to thank the parents; providers; employers; state, territory, Tribal, and local government officials; child care workforce and professional development specialists; those who work in the philanthropy field; and all others who participated in these Roundtables nationwide. I would especially like to thank the OCC Regional and Central Office staff, White House Office of Economic Initiatives, and OCC technical assistance providers who spent countless hours making sure that these Roundtables were valuable experiences for all involved.” – OCC Director Shannon Christian
Please click here for updated information about the Governor’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap
If you are a child care provider who is re-opening, please contact us by phone: 707-444-8293, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Facebook. If you have questions, we are here to help with resources and one-one Technical Assistance!
This resource offers information for child care providers to frequently asked questions about reopening child care businesses, liability, payments, and other issues. It is updated as new guidance or policies are issued.This FAQ is provided by the Child Care Law Center and in collaboration with the non-profit Public Counsel to offer general information about the law.
Resources and One-on-One Technical Assistance for Being Open and/or Reopening During COVID-19
The following resources are here for your reference for being open and/or reopening your child care program. This list will be continually updated as guidance evolves or changes. Also, we are always available for your one-on-one technical assistance needs for supporting child care providers in meeting the health & safety standards during COVID-19.
***NEW*** Reopening Plan and Certification Process for Humboldt County Businesses – if you are a child care provider, you must complete this process in order to remain open or to reopen. Please click HERE for to access the information page and select Child Care in the forms section
Humboldt County Resources
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Humboldt County will use this tab to share information about COVID-19 vaccination planning, safety and distribution.
COVID-19 Vaccine Plan
The State of California is currently following a national vaccination plan outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in October. The federal plan breaks vaccination down into three phases, based on the supply of vaccine available. The U.S. is currently in Phase 1A of the three-phase process, when COVID-19 vaccine is relatively scarce. Experts project that it will take at least six to nine months to move through all three phases of this vaccination plan, depending on supply chains. States are implementing their own COVID-19 vaccination plans, consistent with the CDC plan guidelines.
The State’s current Phase 1 vaccine plan is posted on the State’s COVID-19 website. It states, “After healthcare workers and long-term care residents, the next to be vaccinated will be individuals who have higher risk for severe disease or death (due to age or other factors), who are unable to work at home, who live or work in geographic areas that have been highly impacted or who are most likely to spread disease to other workers or to the public.”
Phase 1A includes healthcare workers and long-term care residents.
Phase 1B includes those ages 65+, those in congregate settings (including incarcerated and homeless populations) and some essential workforce sectors.
Phase 1C includes individuals ages 50+, those age 16-64 with increased risk of severe COVID-19 illness and additional critical infrastructure workforce.
The vaccine will not be available to the general population until Phase 2, when vaccine supply is expected to have increased substantially.
To support Public Health in planning for future distribution of vaccine to community workplaces and to provide feedback on that process, organization/agencies are invited to complete the Humboldt Community Workforce Survey using this link: https://forms.gle/PzSXfKcxKwtfp5jd9.
Please try to limit survey responses to one per agency.
If you have additional concerns, please reach back out to us via phone 707-441-5000 or by email at email@example.com\
Humboldt County Related News
Please click here for the updated information about Humboldt County’s Plan for Reopening
-- HumCo Updated Facial Covering Order 09.01.20 *This supercedes/replaces the June 18, 2020 order*
Virtual Trauma Informed Care Series
Training Series - Health, Safety, and Quality In Child Care Settings During COVID-19
-- Part 1 - 5/15/20 General Overview of Health and Safety for Being Open and/or Reopening During COVID-19 - featuring Q&A with Community Care Licensing. Click to view video on YouTube
-- Part 2 - 5/27/20 Completing a Plan for Reopening/Being Open During COVID-19, including how to read EPA Labels for Cleaning Products, and featuring Center-Based Care Q&A with Wendy Hill, Director, CR Child Development Center. Click to view video on YouTube
-- Part 3 - 06/11/2020 Completing a Plan for Reopening/Being Open During COVID-19, including EPA Labels for Cleaning Products. School Age Care featuring 5 Q&A panelist from local after school programs. Click to view video on YouTube
-- Part 4 - 06/22/2020 A Special Health, Safety & Quality session tonight on staying open during COVID-19 – Stories from the Field. Click to view video on YouTube!
-- Part 5 - 08/07/2020 A Special Health, Safety & Quality session featuring Recovery and Response After COVID-19 Positive Exposure. Click to view video on Click to view video on YouTube!
Community Care Licensing Requirements and Resources for Care can be found here (CCL website)
On November 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the following assistance for Businesses impacted by COVID 19:
Tax Relief for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19California will provide temporary tax relief for eligible businesses impacted by COVID-19 restrictions. The temporary tax relief:
-- Entails an automatic three-month income tax extension for taxpayers filing less than $1 million in sales tax.
-- Extends the availability of existing interest and penalty-free payment agreements to companies with up to $5 million in taxable sales.
-- Provides expanded interest free payment options for larger businesses particularly affected by significant restrictions on operations based on COVID-19 transmissions.
Governor Newsom’s announcement builds on the state’s ongoing business support throughout the pandemic, including the Main Street Hiring Tax Credit, which authorizes $100 million in hiring tax credit for qualified small businesses. The credit is equal to $1,000 per qualified employee, up to $100,000 for each small business employer. The application for the Main Street Small Business Tax Credit opened on December 1. A full list of existing state support for businesses can be found here.
New COVID Relief Grant for Small BusinessesThe Governor announced the creation of a $500 million COVID Relief Grant administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA) at the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development for small impacted by COVID health and safety restrictions.The Grant will distribute relief through grants of up to $25,000 to those located in economically disadvantaged and historically under resourced and small businesses throughout the state by early 2021. Non-profits would also be eligible for these grants. CalOSBA is establishing the program and will make it available to small businesses as soon as possible - for updates on availability visit here.Increased Funding for the California Rebuilding Fund The Governor also announced that the state would expand the California Rebuilding Fund by $12.5 million, bringing the total investment to $37.5 million. These efforts are informed by recommendations made by the Governor's Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. All interested small business owners can apply for a loan at www.CALoanFund.org
-- CCL Guidance for Child Care Programs
CCL PIN-21-06-CCP (3.9.21) - Accessing COVID-19 Vaccines for Child Care Providers
CCL PIN-21-05-CCP (3.5.21) - The next child care provider COVID-19 Zoom/call about COVID-19 in English and Spanish.
--CQEL - Californians for Quality Early Learning
--The State of Child Care in 2020: A National Child Care Survey by CQEL and Curacubby
-- CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/index.html
-- California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety & Health: SAFETY & HEALTH GUIDANCE COVID-19 Infection Prevention in Childcare Programs
California Department of Public Health
Disaster plan for your child care business
California Childcare Health Program Diaster: https://cchp.ucsf.edu/content/disaster-preparedness
This is a good time to develop or update the disaster plan for your child care business, especially as related to COVID-19.
We can help with technical assistance and resources for this!
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network:
Specific COVID guidance pdf: https://cchp.ucsf.edu/sites/g/files/tkssra181/f/COVID-19_Note_05-2020.pdf
Coronavirus Hub for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies and Child Care Providers from Child Care Aware (Child Care Aware)
In addition to their Coronavirus Hub for Child Care providers, Child Care Aware has also developed a helpful infographic with guidance for making the decision to reopen and what to consider in the process Access the English version here: Infographic. It is also available in Spanish.
Information About Ratios and Requirements for Care
Child care providers who are providing childcare during the State of Emergency will need to follow the California Department of Education guidance about ratios and group sizes listed below. During the State of Emergency, providers may utilize staff that meet the requirements of a “fully qualified teacher”, pursuant to 22 CCR Section 101216.1(c), as a “teacher” in the following ratios.
Family Child Care Homes
Small and large family child care homes may serve a total capacity of no more than 14 children, and group size may not exceed 10 children, unless more restrictive group sizes are required by state, federal, or local authorities. Over 10 children will require an additional staff or assistant to maintain group sizes of 10 or fewer children. Staff are not included in the group size.
In other words, if there are more than 10 children in care, then the children need to be divided into two small groups and kept separate from the other group of children each day, to the greatest extent possible. Siblings should remain in the same group.
Note: in response to the health emergency, infants are considered from birth to 18 months.
The following are required ratios for infants in a family childcare home:
Early Learning and Care Centers
All ELC centers should adhere to the following teacher: child ratios and group size outlined below for prevention, containment, and mitigation measures.
Follow the group sizes in the chart below, unless more restrictive group sizes are required by federal, state, or local authorities. Note that the group sizes below do not include the teacher. When mixed ages are present and include an infant under 18 months, adherence to the 1:6 ratio must be followed to allow for responsive caregiving. If all children being cared for are infants, adherence to the 1:4 ratio must be followed within a group size, with no group no larger than 10.
Health and Safety Information for Care:
In order to ensure the health and safety of staff and children, child care providers must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety and Health Guidance for childcare programs found at https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Infection-Prevention-in-Childcare-Programs-Guidance.pdf.
All groups must be stable, meaning the same children and staff should be grouped together whenever possible. Siblings should be grouped together whenever possible to reduce further risk of exposure for the family.
Group sizes must be limited to 10 children per classroom or space. When the guidance from the local public health department differs for group size, the provider must follow the more rigorous requirement.
Follow any further COVID-19 related guidance released by the CDSS regarding social distancing and health and safety practices in childcare settings.
Social and Physical Distancing Guidance and Healthy Practices for ELC Facilities
All child care providers should follow healthy and safe practices in all ELC settings. The CDE and the CDSS, have jointly developed guidance for providers to use to provide care while adhering to social distancing guidelines/requirements. Additional guidance can be found in CDSS’ Provider Information Notice (PIN) 20-06-CCP, which can be found on the CDSS website at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/community-care-licensing.
***Please note: The information and guidance from the state is constantly evolving. We will update with any new information or changes as soon as they are shared, so please be sure to check back or give us a call 707-444-8293, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or send us message through Facebook. We are always here to help!***