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Preparedness and Planning Guide for Child Care Programs

Guidance for preparedness and planning for child care program operations in time of COVID-19.

This guide is being brought to you by Child Care Aware® of Eastern Kansas with guidance towards the operation(s) of child care facilities during COVID-19. The guide is titled "Preparedness and Planning for Child Care Programs," and was released on August 3, 2020. For more information specific to your program, contact your licensing surveyor. For general technical assistance contact Child Care Aware® of Easter Kansas at (785) 357-5171, option 2.

The document contains:

  1. Making the decision to reopen
  2. Overview
  3. What may/will be different when programs reopen
    1. Procedures on hold
  4. General Preparedness and planning: preventing the spread of COVID-19
    1. Personal protective equipment (PPE)
    2. Sick children and employees
    3. Monitor and plan for absenteeism among your staff
  5. Planning for reopening
    1. Social-distancing strategies
    2. Cleaning and disinfecting
    3. Caring for infants and toddlers
    4. Healthy hand hygiene
    5. Parent drop-off and pick-up
    6. Arrival screening procedures
    7. Modify rations to ensure safety
    8. Food preparation and meal service
    9. Setting up the physical space
    10. Use of playgrounds/outdoor space
    11. Child care decision tree
  6. Communicating with families
  7. Home visitation
  8. Vulnerable and high-risk groups
  9. Other resources

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