Learn about the latest recommendations for child care providers who remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recorded April 13, 2020. Fill out the form on this page to access the recording.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open. This updated resource provides guidance specific to child care on issues such as:
- General preparedness and planning
- Preventing the spread of COVID-19
- Monitoring and planning for absenteeism among your staff
- Reviewing plans for implementing social distancing strategies
- Assessing group gathering and events
Learn about the new guidance from the CDC which also provides details for providers and programs that choose to remain open, focusing on social distancing strategies, cleaning and disinfection efforts, modifying drop-off and pick-up procedures, caring for infants and toddlers, healthy hand hygiene behavior, food preparation and meal service, vulnerable and high-risk groups and how best to maintain adequate rations of staff to children to ensure safety. It also provides numerous links to resources that provide even greater detail, including information regarding children’s risks concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19).
You'll also hear an overview on collaborative efforts within Iowa to offer support to child care providers and ways that they have integrated CDC guidance into their work.
Alexandra Levitt, PhD, Community Guidance Team, Community Intervention Task Force for COVID-19, CDC
Heidi Hotvedt, RN, BSN, State Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Public Health's Healthy Child Care Iowa Program
Melissa Juhl, Regional Director, Iowa CCR&R