COVID-19: Resources for Child Care Programs

by the staff at Denver’s Early Childhood Council

Denver's Early Childhood Coucil

UPDATES HAVE TAKEN PLACE SINCE THE DATE OF THIS POST. VISIT OUR COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS FAQS PAGE FOR NEW INFO.


We know COVID-19 (coronavirus) is on everyone’s mind right now, and with good reason. While we do not wish to cause alarm, we do want you, your staff, and the children in your care to stay safe and healthy, so we posted some resources geared specifically toward child care providers, parents, and caregivers of children.

Remember, to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19 or any other respiratory illness it is important to follow these basic CDC recommendations for staying healthy:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • If hand-washing isn’t immediately available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Check out the following links for more guidance on how to prevent the spread of the virus, how to be prepared, and how to manage anxiety during this time of uncertainty.

Resource Description Target Audience
CDC website  Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides great resources to a variety of audiences Parents, educators, organizational leaders, event planners
Pandemic Flu Checklist A checklist for helping child care providers plan and protect the health of the children in their care and their families during a pandemic Child care program administrators
What Your Nonprofit Needs to Know Webcast to inform non-profits on how to deal with issues that may arise related to Coronavirus Non-profit leaders
Responding to Coronavirus: A Downloadable Guide for Schools An article from Ed week with a guide that supports education leaders Providers and school leaders
How Teachers Are Talking to Students About the Coronavirus This article describes ways educators can discuss Coronavirus with their students Educators
Covid-19 and kids: How to talk to children about the coronavirus An easy-to-read bulleted list of tips to remember when discussing Coronavirus with children Parents and educators
Stop a worry becoming catastrophic: how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus A short article from the Guardian that helps parents and caregivers talk to children about the Coronavirus Parents and caregivers
How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus A short article from the New York Times that describes what to know about the Coronavirus and how to keep anxiety in check when discussing the situation Parents and caregivers
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus A comic from NPR that supports children’s understanding of the Coronavirus Parents and caregivers

Do you have any additional tips or resources you’d like us to share? Email us at info@denverearlychildhood.org.

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