DCDEE Memo: November 10, 2020 Updated ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit

The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) has updated the ChildCareStrongNC  Public Health Toolkit to reflect changes in quidance, clarify language, and align with the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health (K-12) Toolkit were possible.

The November edition of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit includes:

  • A What's New in November section at the bottom of the Table of Contents, which identifies the changes in this edition of the Toolkit

  • The addition of a section explaining PPE, including information on the how and when PPE should be used, as well as the use of face shields in certain circumstances

  • Changes to cleaning and hygiene procedures for child care facilities, which includes updated cleaning and disinfection recommendations especially for the high-touch surfaces in child care facilities 

  • Revised guidance on the screening and exclusion of individuals from child care facilities, including new screening forms and the option of using an attestation form when a child arrives at the child care facility on child care transportation.  Please note that if the child care facility elects to use a health attestation process for a child arriving to and departing from child care on child care transportation, the facility must create its own document which captures key elements.  Specifically, the health attestation form must state that parents are agreeing that they will not allow their child to ride the child care transportation or attend child care on any day that any of the following is true:

  • Within the last 14 days, their child has been within 6 feet for at least 15 cumulative minutes of someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;

  • A health department representative or healthcare provider has been in contact with the parent and advised any member of household to self-quarantine; 

  • Their child has a fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, a new cough, OR a new loss of taste or smell; OR 

  • Their child has been diagnosed with COVID-19.     

If you have questions about these updates, please contact your child care health consultant.