Health & Safety Guidance for Parents

by Cami Harris, Senior Communications Manager

Cami Harris

It’s on every parent’s mind who is thinking about sending their child back to child care. Is it safe for my child? Is it safe for my family? The honest answer is, it’s complicated. But the good news is that there are an abundance of resources available to child care providers to help them create the best possible environments, and for parents to make the best possible choices given the current circumstances.

As trusted advisors to child care directors and teachers in enhancing quality in classrooms during the best of times, the coaching staff and consultants at Denver’s Early Childhood Council are well-versed in health and safety considerations for all types of child care programs and settings. Since the beginning of COVID-19, they have been working closely with child care licensing and state and local health departments, collecting practical information to help guide decision-making at every stage of the pandemic not only for child care providers, but also for parents.

We would like to share a couple of these resources:

This Health & Safety checklist created by our coaching staff serves a two-fold purpose. One, it offers information to help parents in Denver County make decisions about whether and where to place their children in child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two, child care programs can decrease the likelihood of spreading the virus in their settings by incorporating the safety practices described in the checklist.

Additionally, the Colorado Office of Early Childhood recently released this helpful visual Resource Guide for Child Care Providers During COVID-19, which includes recommendations our coaches developed for child care programs on operations and re-opening, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local public health agencies. This guide can also be used by parents to help with screening questions for providers before placing their child into care.

As an Early Childhood Council, we are doing everything we can, in conjunction with multiple community partners that have children’s and families’ best interests at heart, to help child care providers create the safest conditions possible in their settings. We hope this offers some reassurance that the early childhood community in Denver is working purposefully and deliberately on keeping your children safe and healthy during the pandemic.

Visit our COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources for Families page for more information.

Providers, check out our Events page for COVID-19 specific health & safety trainings.

Contact us at if you have child care-related health and safety questions. 

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