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Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is committed to providing news and the latest information to help families as we closely monitor the situation around the coronavirus(COVID-19) outbreak and its impact on child care accessibility and safety. Check out our resources and frequently asked questions below.
We are also interested in learning how coronavirus has impacted your family. Do you have child care? Are you an essential worker looking for providers who can care for your children? Share your story by submitting the form at the bottom of the page. Your voice informs our work and helps state and federal policymakers understand what's happening across the country.
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What is the impact so far of the COVID-19 outbreak on child care facilities throughout the U.S.?
CCAoA has heard from several child care providers around the country who are very concerned about the impact of the coronavirus on the children and families they serve, and on their staff members. They are also concerned that they may need to close and could lose their business. We’ve also heard from parents who don’t know where to turn for backup child care if their primary providers are forced to close.
Let us know more about what kinds of impact you're seeing in your community by filling out the form at the bottom of this page.
Are child care programs open in my state?
Is it safe to bring my child to child care?
- From CCAoA - The coronavirus crisis may make you wonder if it is safe to send your child to a child care program. We offer information on enhanced health and safety measures child care programs may take when enhanced health and safety measures continue to be important. This information applies to both family child care homes and child care center settings, unless otherwise specified. You may use the information and considerations as a resource to inform your child care program decision making. Download the PDF. Also available in Spanish.
- When to Keep Your Child Home from Child Care - from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), this page summarizes the AAP's formal recommendations around when it's ok to bring your child to child care and what conditions would prevent them from attending.
How do I find backup child care?
One of our members, Child Care Aware® of North Dakota, has tips to help parents create a backup child care plan.
What is the government doing in response to the pandemic?
- From CCAoA - Congress' COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know - Learn about each new piece of legislation passed by Congress to protect Americans during the coronavirus outbreak. We update this page every time Congress passes new legislation.
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Medicaid and CHIP Provisions Explained - The Families First legislation covers a broad range of programs affecting children and families, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC), school lunches, family and medical leave, unemployment insurance, emergency paid sick leave and Medicare.
- From CCAoA - We urge you to take action by emailing your Members of Congress asking them to keep child care providers in mind in their response to COVID-19.
What do I need to know about coronavirus (COVID-19)?
- We encourage parents to visit cdc.gov and their local health department’s website for the latest information about the coronavirus.
- The AAP's 2019 Novel Coronavirus Page - The AAP's website for families, HealthyChildren.org, recently released a summary web page about the virus, its symptoms, who's at risk and how to prepare for coronavirus.
- The World Health Organization's Myths about COVID-19 - Covers common myths, such as whether or not the virus can spread in a hot climate (it can).
- Check out these easy-to-read infographics about the disease, flattening the curve and mentions in the media.
What resources can help me talk with my children about what's going on?
- NPR's Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus - This comic answers kids’ questions about the coronavirus. It can also be printed and read to younger children.
- Child Mind Institute's Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - Many parents are wondering how to bring up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. Here is some advice from the experts at the Child Mind Institute.
- Child Trends released their Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic, which outlines many recommendations to help children during the crisis.
- The CDC recently release some helpful points for talking with children about COVID-19 as well as helping children cope with emergencies and disasters.
- From CCAoA - We've shared some additional brain-building tips to incorporate into your new routines at home in this post, At-Home Brain-Building Tips for Families with Children Ages Birth to Five.
- Families Tackling Tough Times Together Facebook group and community of support helping families to strengthen their resilience while they cope with a multitude of challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic.