COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Sites

For up-to-date information, including a list of Emergency Child Care Sites for Essential Workers,  please visit the COVID-19 child care site or contact the Office of Early Learning.

This is a list of best practices resources to assist Child Care Professionals Professionals Resources 05.15 (Online Professional Learning and Health and Safety)and some for Families Family Resources 05.15 (At-Home Activities Phone Apps How to Talk to Children and Community Resources).  Some are specifically about COVID-19 and others are resources that can be used now and at any time.

COVID-19 and Child Care is a constantly changing situation in Delaware.  You can read the most recent information.  Read more about the many changes and important information that came out on different dates on the following COVID-19 page.

May 15, 2020

5/15/20: Information for Child Care Providers – Governor Carney Releases Phase 1 Economic Reopening Guidance

Child care is a critical piece to Delaware’s economy and forthcoming reopening plan. Early learning programs enable our workforce to continue to provide for their families, while ensuring their children obtain quality programming. To that end, we wanted to provide you with key information as you make decisions for your staff and the families you serve.

Earlier today, Governor Carney announced details on the Phase 1 reopening plan for Delaware. Please read the attached fact sheet which lays out Governor Carney’s plan and information on child care. Child care providers must be designated as emergency child care sites in order to open during Phase 1. The requirements to be designated as an emergency child care site are the same requirements that have been in place during Delaware’s State of Emergency. Please read the attached document for further guidance and information. 5.15.20_DSCYF_Child Care Phase 1 Fact Sheet_

We will continue to send information. Please feel free to reach out to your OCCL Licensing Specialist with any questions.


5/15/20: Reminder for ECE Providers

Dear Providers:

Please note that the Enhanced Reimbursement payment site ( has been updated this morning.  Please be sure to select “May” from the drop down box in the application when you submit for this month’s payment.

Also, please be sure to include a current phone number you can be reached at this time.

If you encounter any issues, please email or contact the Office of Early Learning at



Dear Child Care Provider,

We have seen this throughout the past few months: COVID-19 has vastly changed our day-to-day experiences. Thank you for working with us during a very challenging time, and providing essential care to Delaware families. You are a critical piece to Delaware’s recovery and re-opening plan. Please continue to send questions and feedback as we move through this time. We will continue to update you with information.

If you wish to be designated as an emergency child care site in order to serve the children of essential personnel or those working at a business that has been allowed to reopen according to the Governor’s State of Emergency modifications, please reach out to your licensing specialist and we will work with you.

Additionally, please see the  document 5.12.20_DSCYF_Delaware Early Learning Community – Resources Final, which contains key contact information for questions you may have related to enhanced reimbursement or COVID-19 cleaning. We will post this on the child care website as well:

Please continue to reach out to your licensing specialist and keep in contact.

Jen Rini, Community Relations Coordinator

My Child DE is a user-friendly website that brings together resources to help families, providers and other caretakers make informed choices for the children of Delaware. The goal of My Child DE is to help these groups feel welcome, informed and empowered to engage, learn and take the next steps needed to support children.