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.
FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol
-Product list: https://www.fda.gov/…/drug-safety-and-availability/fda-upda…
This includes child care providers who own their own businesses; they just need to use a copy of their CCL license! This is a first come, first serve until the funds are exhausted. Please look through to see what they need and how it works.
"The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors recently authorized a $3.289 million relief program for local small businesses that are affected by COVID-19 and have had their reopening plans approved by the county, and funding is now available. Small businesses can apply on the county’s website for grants ranging from $500 to $12,500 per business."
The county encourages these small business to submit applications for the Restart Grant (up to $500 of reimbursable costs related to drafting and submitting their reopening plan for the county, including any staff or admin costs to complete the plan, or hiring someone else to create it), and the Recovery Grant (up to $1,200 of reimbursable costs related to COVID, including PPE, rental assistance, equipment or environmental/building improvements to comply with quarantining, social distancing orders; wages for staff who were hired or had additional hours directly because of COVID, and other costs associated with hardships due to COVID-19 or complying with public health orders)
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: email@example.com, 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
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)
-- CCL Guidance for Child Care Programs
--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.
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 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 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 https://covid19.ca.gov/img/EssentialCriticalInfrastructureWorkers.pdf
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 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!***