Safer at Home: Child Care Facilities

 

 

 

 

 

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Open with restrictions

As of June 4th, Childcare Facilities may operate under their Department of Human Services license occupancy.

This allows additional facilities to open or expand as increased workforce returns.

Workspaces

  • Prioritize care for children of essential workers / parents returning to work / job seekers 

  • Keep groups of children together with same staff when possible

  • Conduct daily temperature checks and monitor symptoms in employees and students and any person entering the building. Refer symptomatic employees to the CDPHE Symptom Tracker. (Additional Guidance)

  • Require handwashing upon arrival and enable handwashing throughout the day

  • Limit the number of child-staff and child-child interaction in common spaces as much as possible (e.g. playground equipment, hallways, etc.)

  • Encourage 6-foot distancing and, where possible, implement distancing systems while learning

  • Stagger meal times (if normally done in a large group) and encourage individual meals (no family- style dining)

  • Disinfect all high-touch areas at start and end of the day and, when possible, throughout the day  (Additional Guidance)

  • Limit the toys in use to those that are easily cleanable, non-porous, with smooth surfaces and eliminate soft, fabric toys, dress-up clothing, sensory tables and water play 

  • Establish clear plan / protocol to isolate staff and children who have symptoms 

  • Determine plan for substitute staff members to cover for ill or quarantined staff

Employees

  • Require use of face coverings or masks (preferred medical grade if available, otherwise cloth)  (Additional Guidance)

  • Provide guidance and encouragement on maintaining 6-foot distancing

  • Provide guidance and encouragement on frequent handwashing

  • Provide training to all staff specific to all issues in the public health order

  • Require staff to stay home when showing any symptoms or signs of sickness

  • Provide all staff with support and referrals for their mental health needs

To protect children/parents

  • Consider implementing curbside pick-up and drop-off

  • Implement alternative child check-in and check-out procedures that minimize parent touching of shared items (pens, paper, etc.)

  • Require parents to keep children home when showing any symptoms or signs of sickness

  • Encourage parents to take their children’s temperature prior to bringing them to child care

  • Provide face coverings or masks for children age 3+ per current CDPHE guidance, no face coverings or masks for children 0-3

  • Remove face coverings or masks from children during naps and place nap mats 6 feet apart

  • Provide frequent communication with all families of enrolled children specific to all issues in the public health order

This guidance is for:
  • Licensed and license-exempt child care centers
  • Licensed and license-exempt In-home child care
  • Building-based school-aged programs

 

This guidance is not for:
  • Outdoor-based or mobile school-aged programs
  • Public preschool on public school campuses
  • Children's resident camps