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A Healthy and Safe Environment


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.

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Need financial assistance?

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


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

We're all in this together.

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Share our “Let’s Get Back to Work” campaign page with families.

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: