Coronavirus FAQs for Child Care Providers & Families

By Victoria Viellieu, M.Ed. on March 22, 2020

Through our National Hotline, live chat, social media and recent webinar on Coronavirus Resources and Advice from the Field, Child Care Aware® of America has received and compiled hundreds of questions from child care providers and families during the Covid-19 pandemic. Below are a list of the most frequently asked questions from providers and parents about Coronavirus and its impact on child care.  

Topics: Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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When Should I Close My Child Care Program? A Coronavirus Flowchart

By Julie Looper Coats on March 20, 2020

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) understands that this is an uncertain time for child care providers, as they make difficult decisions around what's best for the business, community and families they serve. The safety and well being of staff, family members and children is of utmost importance.  

Note: This post and infographic were originally published on March 17, 2020 and have since been updated with additional clarifications on March 20, 2020.

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Congress' COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 19, 2020
Updated March 27, 12:50 p.m.

With all the news and updates around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it can be difficult to grasp the proposals put forward by Congress. Below you will find a summary of each proposal passed or under consideration so far:  

Topics: Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Recommendations to Policymakers in Response to Coronavirus

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 16, 2020

Early childhood education programs are essential for the millions of children and families they serve and play an important role during emergency public health and economic emergencies. As schools close, families need back-up child care. As communities work to ensure no child goes hungry and essential personnel are able to handle emergencies, child care providers need resources and guidance to help assist families. And, as attendance fluctuates, child care business owners need reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills.  

Policymakers can act using these recommendations from Child Care Aware® of America to ensure that child care programs can weather this growing public health and economic crisis, and to ensure families continue to have access to the care they need.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Coronavirus: What Child Care Providers Need to Know

By Jessica Rose-Malm on March 14, 2020

This time of year, illness seems to be everywhere. For those of us who work with children every day, the sounds of coughing, sneezing and nose-blowing are an unpleasant soundtrack playing on repeat from November to May. And this year, Coronavirus, concerning new respiratory illness from China is getting a lot of attention and has many people worried about what will happen as it spreads in the United States.

(Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published January 30, but was recently updated on March 14 to reflect the most up-t0-date information around the spread and status of the illness.)

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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March 12: Coronavirus Updates & Resources for Child Care Providers and CCR&Rs

By David Carrier on March 12, 2020

On Tuesday, March 17, at 2:00 p.m. EDTChild Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is hosting a free webinar for child care providers and Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies to share the latest coronavirus and emergency preparedness resources from CCAoA, along with updates and advice from our staff. In addition, the moderators will facilitate a discussion of what’s being done around the country at child care agencies and what people are doing to prepare and work with families. Register for webinar.

CCAoA has also created a new page with the latest coronavirus news and resources for CCR&Rs, parents and policymakers.  

Topics: Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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