*** UPDATED 5.18.20 *** The California Department of Education (CDE) is encouraging all programs that can safely remain open or reopen, to do so, in order to serve children currently enrolled in care as well as children of essential workers provided for in the governor’s executive order and the California Department of Education guidelines, and children of eligible workers as identified in the state and local Roadmaps for Reopening. Child care providers who remain open, or reopen, during the State of Emergency should communicate with their current families that they are expected to remain at home during the shelter-in-place order unless they are an essential worker, at-risk, or an eligible worker family according to Governor Newsom and Humboldt County's Roadmaps for Reopening. For more information about these plans and who is considered essential, at-risk, and/or eligible:


For more information about these plans and who is considered essential, at-risk, and/or eligible:

Please click here for updated information about the Governor’s Pandemic Resilience Roadmap


Please click here for the updated information about Humboldt County’s Plan for Reopening


If you are a child care provider who is re-opening, please contact us by phone: 707-444-8293, email:, or Facebook. If you have questions, we are here to help with resources and one-one Technical Assistance!


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

Local Resources

-- CTFS Re-opening Packet for Providers

-- Humboldt County Child Care Reopening Plan Worksheet

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! 

-- CCL Guidance for Child Care Programs

            CCL COVID-19 CCP Self-Assessment Guide

Child Care Licensing – Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Provider Information Page  

PIN 20-11-CCP COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for Child Care Licensees and Providers  (5/14/2020)

PIN 20-06-CCP - Social and Physical Distancing Guidance and Healthy Practices for Child Care Facilities in Response to the Global Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Written in Collaboration with the California Department of Education

 -- CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open:

 -- 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

        Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) web page 

        2019 Novel Coronavirus Guidance for Child Care and Preschool Settings

        CDPH Gathering Guidance 3.11.20


The List of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers from Governor Newsom’s Executive Order (link to pdf)

If you are an Essential Worker, click here: Essential Workers Portal


Community Care Licensing Requirements and Resources for Care can be found here (CCL website)


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.








CDE Guidance on Child Care for Essential Workers


Definition and Prioritization for Care


All currently-enrolled families have the option to stay in care, or return to care, before any new essential worker families are enrolled. Families who are considered at-risk or an eligible worker under the revised Roadmaps to Reopening are also able to remain or return to care.



New families who are enrolled, must be enrolled in the following priority order and will be only be certified for Emergency Care through June 30, 2020:


At-Risk Populations:

At-Risk Population Priority 1: Children identified as receiving Child Protective Services or at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation

At-Risk Population Priority 2: Children eligible through the Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for Foster Children

At-Risk Population Priority 3: Families experiencing homelessness as defined in Section 11434(a)(2) of Title 42 of the United States Code, known as the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

At-Risk Population Priority 4: Children of domestic violence survivors


Essential Workers:

Essential workers in the following sectors, whose total family income does not exceed the current income eligibility threshold and are not able to work remotely (enroll in the order listed)

Essential Worker Priority 1: Healthcare / Public Health and Emergency Service sectors

Essential Worker Priority 2: Food and Agriculture, Teachers, education staff, and providers of early learning and care services including custodial, kitchen staff, and other support staff, Workers supporting critical infrastructure, State and local government  workers, Communications and Information Technology IT, Energy, Transportation and Logistics, Critical Manufacturing, Hazardous Materials, Financial Services, and Chemical sectors

 Essential Worker Priority 3: All other fields listed on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document, located at

Essential Workers Portal 



Families with children with disabilities or special health care needs whose IEPs and IFSPs include ELC services.

Essential workers listed in #2 above, whose total family income exceeds the current income eligibility threshold and are not able to work remotely.


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


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

***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, or send us message through Facebook. We are always here to help!***