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ODJFS Releases New Information for Child Care Providers
As we learned on Sunday, beginning on Thursday, March 26, 2020, all child care programs operating in Ohio must do so under a temporary pandemic child care license

Today, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services issued additional guidance on rules, regulations, and procedures for programs that choose to apply for a temporary pandemic child care license and those who will be closing effective 11:59 PM on Wednesday, March 25th.  

Additional resources include:This temporary pandemic license will be required to operate child care in Ohio until April 30th
Additional Resources
For the most up-to-date information on Ohio's response to the coronavirus and how you can best support children, parents, and providers, be sure to check out the resources below.

Resources for ProvidersResources for Parents

 

Webinar on Provider Pandemic Child Care Centers
Dear Child Care Provider;

Please see attached the recording to last night’s OACCP Webinar——Provider Panel on Pandemic Child Care center’s.
Webinar Link

  

Coronavirus Pandemic Child Care Information

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Effective Friday, March 16, 2020


OACCP COVID19 GUIDANCE FOR CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

 

 Along with our other advocacy and industry partners, The Ohio Association of Child CareProviders has been trying to quickly get out resources to our provider members regarding tips and ideas of things you can be doing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  I want to take some time to talk about some of those things today. 

 

  • Be sure all children, visitors and faculty are washing hands immediately upon entering the building/classroom.  Good handwashing is the best defense against this and other illnesses. 

  • Ensure that your classrooms, bathrooms, hallways, entrances, touch screens, keypads, door handles, etc are sanitized frequently throughout the day

  • Encourage parents to keep children at home who exhibit any flu like symptoms and immediately remove a child from the group and isolate them if they begin exhibiting symptoms. 

  • Increase your cleaning and sanitizing of Cots and cribs to daily.  Think about eliminating the use of crib sheets on cots and items like stuffed animals or other porous materials that are difficult to clean and disinfect.    

  • Teachers number one focus right now should be on good hygiene practices. Adjust Lesson plans to be geared around proper hygiene and health practices.

  • Consider temporarily eliminating the practice of family style meals and look at your menus to see if more single serve items can be included vs. items that need lots of preparation by staff or student.

  • Be sure to review practices with Infant and Toddler classrooms to ensure any items that enter the mouth or come into contact with bodily fluids are immediately cleaned and sanitized. 

       Ensure that children are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medicine before returning to school- consider if you want to implement a practice of taking temperatures each day upon arrival

However, there is much we can do beyond increasing handwashing and additional cleaning of our buildings:   

 

 

 

 

Communication -----You cannot over communicate during this time. 

 

       Stay up to date on new developments.  Be sure to share that information and keep faculty and families informed on the steps you are taking to minimize the spread of the virus.

 

       Know and share what symptoms to watch for

 

  • Disseminate information to families and faculty on what they can do to help mitigate spread

 

       Post handwashing signs on your front door to every classroom to encourage children and adults to wash their hands as they are entering a new space.

 

Social Distancing – this word was not part of our typical vocabulary last week and now we hear it over and over each day.  But many providers are thinking WOW how are we supposed to keep children 3-6 feet apart do that in a child care setting?  While that may be a challenge there are social distancing strategies we can take: 

 

       Ask parents to limit time in the classrooms at drop off/pick up

  • Implement a ‘no contact’ rule for all adults, including hugging and handshaking. 

 

  • Have conversations with children about personal space at this time

 

 

  • Try to keep groups of children from being in spaces together.  Limit children’s use of shared space, such as specialty rooms, common dining areas, specialty programs.  For example if you normally have 2 groups of children on the playground at the same time, limit that to one. 

 

  • Consider if it is possible to have parents drop off children from their car or the door vs. entering the school building   

 

       Try to create distance where possible.  Can you move cots, cribs HI chairs further apart from one another.   

  • Eliminate sensory tubs and water play

 

  • Limit the number of children in an interest area at a time and increase the number of small group activities vs. large group activities on your lesson plans

 

 

  • Eliminate field trips to indoor spaces and cancel any presenters that may be scheduled to come to your program.

 

  • Limit individuals in your buildings by suspending visits from all partners, classroom coaches, OT/PT and other therapist, librarians, etc. from your programs.   You don’t one someone carrying germs from one program to another and potentially infecting your entire community

 

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  • How will you handle tours for potential customers.  Do not allow prospective customers to enter classrooms

 

  • Eliminate or delay face to face trainings and group meetings where possible

 

 

  • Have deliveries dropped outside of the building.

 

  Tracking

       Be sure you are keeping a log of anyone who enters your buildings:  delivery people, emergency pick up people, etc. so that if there is someone who tests positive you can notify anyone who may have been exposed. 

  • Think about your staff.  Do you have individual who may fall into the high risk category?  Can you limit their exposure in any way or do you need to plan for their extended absence from the program

 

  • Track sickness of faculty and families-----Consider where family 

    members work (parents)

 

       Travel------You cannot deny someone to go to a hotspot for vacation however you can give them restrictions when they return

 

   Mental health

       How are you reducing stress for administrators

  • What has to be done and what can wait

 

  • Recognize that during this time you have to focus on critical operations first!  As an industry we may have to ask for forgiveness on federal and state guidelines that distract us from meeting the critical needs of families and staff at this time.  The number one importance right now is health and safety and keeping our programs open so that parents can work and support our economy. 

 

Know that the Ohio Association of Child Care Providers in partnership with the Ohio Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies have already submitted a list of ideas of the Director of Job and Family Services of things that would help to support the child care safety net during this challenging time. 

       Financial support for providers,

       extensions and flexibility for our low income families,

       A temporary reprieve or additional flexiblity with meeting licensing and SUTQ requirements

       Support for challenges with the supply of critical items such as  cleaning supplies, food, TP

 

We are staying in active communication with the administration as we know the needs of our families and early childhood community will likely continue to shift.  And we will continue to make additional recommendations as necessary.

 

www.OACCP.org

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