COVID-19 Updates for Child Care Providers

For up-to-date information 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 (Online Professional Learning and Health and Safety) 11.13.20 and some for Families Family Resources (At-Home Activities Phone Apps How to Talk to Children and Community Resources) 11.13.20.  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 4, 2021

5/4/21

In sending you the good news that center maximum group sizes were returning to the sizes contained in DELACARE Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers, we neglected to update the chart in #3 in the revised guidance.  This document shows that change.

Updated Guidance 5-3-21.rev

We regret any confusion this may have caused.

The Office of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

 

5/3/21

To All Licensed Child Care Providers,

The COVID-19 guidance for child care facilities has been updated.  Only one change has been made and it is underlined in the document so that you can easily locate it.  See #3.  Updated Guidance 5-3-21

The change, effective immediately, is:

  1. Early Care and Education Center providers must adhere to the following ratios and group sizes, and these additional requirements:
  • Effective immediately, group sizes are returning to the pre-COVID-19 number of children permitted by DELACARE Regulations and the measured space of your rooms;

I know this with be good news for many center providers.  Any variance you received during the COVID-19 health crisis regarding class size modifications is no longer needed.

Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.

The Office of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

 

4/20/21

Dear Providers,

With additional input from our partners at the Division of Public Health, the COVID-19 child care guidance has been revised, again.  One change has been made since the guidance was sent to you on April 15, 2021.  See the end of #7 in the attached guidance, but the change is shown below.  This should be good news for many child care providers.  Updated Guidance 4.20.21 final

  • Child care homes and centers may conduct off-site field trips, if desired.  Bus transportation is permitted if a minimum of three (3) feet of social distancing is maintained on the bus and, as feasible, while on the trip.  

This change is effective immediately.  Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.

The Office of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

 

4/16/21

To All Licensed Child Care Providers,

The wait is over!  The Office of Child Care Licensing is pleased to inform you that regular monitoring visits will resume for all types of child care regulated by our office beginning on May 3, 2021.   

We realize that some facilities have not had a regular compliance review in over one year.  Therefore, OCCL will return to our normal monitoring schedule by first visiting providers whose licenses typically expire in June during the month of May.

Providers whose licenses typically expire in April and May will be visited as soon as the licensing specialist’s schedule permits to make up the 2021 visit. These visits will occur even if OCCL issued a license extension for your site. We will continue with our regular monitoring schedule for other months.

We are aware that you have continued to operate and provide quality care to children and their families during very trying circumstances.  By providing you with over two weeks’ advance notice of visits resuming, we hope to ease any anxiety you may be experiencing about this change.

Please reach out to your licensing specialist with any questions regarding OCCL resuming visits or any other matter.  We look forward to see you again in person.

Yours truly,

Betty Gail

Betty Gail Timm, Director

Office Of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

 

4/15/21

Dear Providers,

Guidance for child care facilities has been revised in consultation with our partners at the Division of Public Health.  Because all changes are believed to be less stringent, these changes are effective immediately.  For your convenience, text that is new in this document is underlined.  Updated Guidance 4.13.21 FINAL

Changes include:

·         Restrictions on who can enter a child care program are removed provided health screening protocols are followed.

·         Fully vaccinated staff who are close contacts of a COVID-19 positive case do not have to self-isolate or quarantine.

·         Use of outside sandboxes and public pools is permitted.  COVID-19 Community Pool Guidance(DPH)

·         Reporting to OCCL of positive COVID-19 cases in child care facilities is required. (In addition to reporting such cases to Public Health.)  DPH COVID Epi_School Data Collection Form V3.5

Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.

The Office of Child Care Licensing

Department of Education

 

4/1/21

Providers,

Attached are the minutes from the March 19, 2021 provider call.

The Department of Education

4.1.21_ECE Provider Call #17 – March 19 2021

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