Preparedness and Planning for Child Care Programs

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

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Preparedness and Planning for Child Care Programs from Kids Win Missouri PDF

Kids Win Missouri, a statewide coalition of child advocates, issued guidance regarding the operation(s) of child care facilities. The guidance is titled "Preparedness and Planning for Child Care Programs," and was released on May 12th. Our office has referred anyone with questions regarding a safe reopening of child care facilities to the attached resource.

The Document Contains:

  1. Making the decision to reopen
  2. Overview
  3. What may/will be different when programs reopen

a. Procedures on hold

  1. General preparedness and planning: preventing the spread of COVID-19

a. Personal protective equipment (PPE)

b. Sick children and employees

c. Monitor and plan for absenteeism among your staff

  1. Planning for reopening

a. Social-distancing strategies

b. Cleaning and disinfecting

c. Caring for infants and toddlers

d. Healthy hand hygiene

e. Parent drop-off and pick-up

f. Arrival screening procedures

g. Modify ratios to ensure safety

h. Food preparation and meal service

i. Setting up the physical space

j. Use of playgrounds/outdoor space

  1. Communicating with families
  2. Home visitation
  3. Vulnerable and high-risk groups
  4. Other resources

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