Health / Safety Guidelines

DCF Program Updates

Child Care Services

Guidance For Child Care Providers – May 22, 2020


Child care programs should adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-131 regarding Essential Services and Activities. Child care programs that remain operational and continue to provide services to enable essential employees to work as permitted, to the extent possible, should operate under the following conditions:
  • Implement social distancing strategies – work with your county health department to determine a set of strategies appropriate for your community’s situation.
  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts, including devising a schedule, and focus on toys, games, and other objects and surfaces that are frequently used.
  • Modify drop-off and pick-up procedures to include thorough screening — all individuals entering a facility should be screened according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety.
  • Children and child care providers shall not change from one group to another.
  • If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room and not mix or interact with each other.
The CDC has guidance for child care programs that remain open available for reference: CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19: If a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in a child care program, providers should immediately notify parents and other relevant contacts. In addition, the facility should temporarily close and follow disinfecting procedures as outlined by the county health department and the CDC. Additional information may be found on the CDC website: