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Reopening: Guidance for Childcare Centers

“The ability of daycare and childcare centers to provide parents, guardians, and families with childcare services has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some areas, childcare centers have been deemed “essential” by state and federal governments and have continued to provide childcare services (particularly for healthcare and other essential workers). Others were viewed as “non-essential” and their staff have been out of work during the shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders. This document is intended to provide guidance for a range of child care programs including home-based childcare programs, private child care centers, Pre-kindergarten (pre-K) programs, Head Start and Early Head Start programs, childcare centers operated by municipalities, or those partnering with healthcare facilities for the children
of essential workers (i.e., first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, or other essential industries where a parent cannot stay home). Reopening and maintaining safe childcare facilities after a closure requires several considerations.”