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Creating safe child care environments to serve families

It’s time to get back to work, and it starts with you.

As an early care and education provider, you play a critical role for families and your communities. By offering quality care and education, you create a two-generational economic ripple effect, allowing parents to go back to work with the peace of mind that their children are in a safe and engaging environment, and nurturing the next generation of leaders and thinkers.

Now more than ever, the children, families and leaders in your community need you to be ready to provide a healthy and safe environment that families feel confident returning to. We’re all in this together, so as part of our state’s “Get Back to Work” campaign, you’ll find resources and tools below to operate safely and instill confidence in the families you serve.

Get started today! Download “Delivering Care in a COVID-19 Environment: A Guide for Providers”

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Looking for specific information for your program? Find information locally through your Child Care Resource and Referral agency. Your local agency will focus on finding resources that meet your specific needs.

New Safety Recommendations

As Indiana gets back to work, the state – in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – has set forth a number of new health and safety recommendations for early care and education providers as they re-open or continue serving families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review them all here. Use this guide to understand what is recommended versus mandatory.

Major highlights include:

Drop-off and pick-up procedures

Providers should implement a front-door drop-off and pick-up procedure to limit the number of individuals in the center.

Social distancing

It is recommended that the same children be placed with each other each day, and with the same teacher each day. These groups should be kept together while doing activities indoors and outdoors each day. Providers should make every effort possible to keep children six feet apart during nap times, meal times and while seated in classrooms at desks and tables.

Personal protective equipment

All staff members should wear masks. The CDC recommends that children over the age of 2 wear masks as well. You can ask families to provide them for their children or provide them at your facility. Child care providers supporting infants and toddlers can protect themselves by wearing a covering over their clothes and wearing their hair in a ponytail or other updo.

Sanitizing and cleaning

Providers should implement one hour of deep cleaning each day and frequently clean and wipe down common areas and frequently touched surfaces. Toys and materials that cannot be cleaned should not be used. Once toys or materials are used by children, set them aside until they can be cleaned before re-use. Refer to pages 5-6 of this document for specific instructions.

Health screenings

Providers should screen their employees, visitors and each child upon arrival each day. This should include taking each person’s temperature and conducting a verbal health screening to check for any symptoms of illness.

Enforcement of fever- and symptom-free policies

In order for children to attend their early care and education programs, they must be fever free for at least 72 hours (3 days) without being given fever-reducing medications and have had improvement in their symptoms, and it must be at least 10 days since their symptoms first appeared.

Personal Hygiene

Ensure employees, children and families have ready access to hand sanitizer, handwashing stations or other disinfectant products.

Need financial assistance to help with these health- and safety-related measures? Apply for a grant through the Come Back Stronger Fund.

Program Tools and Resources

We’ve put together a guide with a number of tools and resources to help you implement these health and safety measures, as well as communicate with your staff and families. Download “Delivering Care in a COVID-19 Environment: A Guide for Providers” here. Watch the informational webinar here.

Within this guide, some of the resources you’ll find include:

Social Media Images & Messages

Download these images and share them with a personal message, or use the copy below.

Around-the-clock cleaning, sanitizing toys and extra hand sanitizer stations are just a few of the things we’re doing to help keep our staff and children safe. Learn more at this website.

Are you ready to bring your child back to child care? We’re ready for you! Here are some helpful resources on what programs like [program name] are doing to keep children healthy and safe.

We’re ready to welcome our families back! Here’s a look behind the scenes at the safety measures we’re implementing to increase health and safety. [link to provider website or document outlining what you are doing to stay safe]

Ready to get back to work? Rest assured that we’re conducting daily health screenings and temperature checks for our staff and children each morning to help keep everyone safe and healthy. Learn more about new safety measures here.

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