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) 08.05 and some for Families Family Resources (At-Home Activities Phone Apps How to Talk to Children and Community Resources) 08.05.  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.

September 15, 2020

Dear Early Learning Provider,

We are pleased to share the following funding update with you.

For the month of October, enhanced reimbursement will continue at the current rate for programs open and serving children on or before July 1. Purchase of Care will continue to be based on enrollment and family copays will be covered.

Thank you for your continued patience and commitment to serving children and families in Delaware.

Department of Education

 

September 14, 2020

Dear Early Learning Provider,

Thank you for all that you do for Delaware’s Children. We are pleased to announce a webinar has been scheduled for the provider community on the latest updates from the Office of Child Care Licensing and Division of Public Health.

The Re-Opening Delaware Child Care Safely document posted on the DIEEC website has been updated to reflect current requirements and guidance for early care and education.

A webinar to review this information with Betty Gail Timm from the Office of Child Care Licensing and Jamie Mack from the Division of Public Health is scheduled for Monday, September 21, 2:00-3:00. The recording will be posted afterwards on the DIEEC Blueprint for Reopening webpage.

Providers interested in receiving 1 Quality Assured hour for participating in the webinar can register at https://dieecpd.org/registry/calendar/training/6773.

Webinar Information:

Please click the link below to join the webinar on Monday September 21 at 2:00
https://udel.zoom.us/j/91027568797?pwd=NEp2VzhoZnZ1S25STjJnQ3V4amxmQT09
Passcode: 000318

Or iPhone one-tap:

+16468769923,,91027568797#,,,,,,0#,,000318#  or +13017158592,,91027568797#,,,,,,0#,,000318#

Or Telephone:

+1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799
Webinar ID: 910 2756 8797
Passcode: 000318

Thank you,

Department of Education

 

August 28, 2020

Dear Providers,

As you know, licensees/administrators of early learning homes and centers are required to report to the Division of Public Health (DPH) when a child or staff member reports they are positive for a variety of infectious or “reportable communicable diseases” per the DELACARE Regulations (Centers: 62F; Family/Large Family: 41E).

Information regarding the communicable diseases that require reporting may be located on DPH’s website (currently listed as http://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/dpc/rptdisease.html).

There has been some confusion about whether this requirement extends to reporting of COVID-19 cases.  Moving forward, DPH has advised us that the requirement to report COVID-19 cases to them (among staff or students) is covered under the category of category Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – because SARS CoV-2 is the virus that causes COVID-19.

While DPH is working on adding clarifying language to their list to specifically call out novel coronaviruses such as COVID-19, moving forward you must report COVID-19 cases to DPH since the SARS category is already in existence.  Please ensure you are following the appropriate reporting protocol when you learn of a positive case.

Attached you will find sample letters that you may find helpful when informing families that a child or adult in your family/large family child care home or early education center has tested positive for COVID-19.  Informing families of a exposure to a contagious condition is required by DELACARE Regulations.

8.28.20_Child Care Letter Templates 8-28-2020

The Department of Education

 

 

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