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ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit has been updated for June 2021

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The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) has updated the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit  (also available in Spanish) to reflect recent changes in guidance, clarify language, and be responsive to questions that have arisen in the child care field.

 The June edition of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit includes the following updates:  

Guidance for participation in off-premise activities (Page 10) 

  • Alignment with Governor Cooper’s latest Executive Orders (Pages 4,10,13,16)
  • Added definition of off-premises activity (Page 26) 

If you have questions about these updates, please contact your child care health consultant.

How Child Care Programs Can Help Get Child Care Staff Vaccinated

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On February 10, 2021, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced plans for how the state will move to Group 3 for COVID-19 vaccines. Because supply is still very limited and the population of frontline essential workers is so large, NC will begin with anyone working in child care or in PreK - 12 schools starting on February 24, 2021. 

DHHS drafted How Child Care Programs Can Help Get Child Care Staff Vaccinated, which contains detailed information about how DHHS is working with its partners on supporting child care and school staff in accessing vaccines.  One of those partners, the local child care resource & referral agencies (CCR&R), will work with child care program and staff to make sure information about vaccination events and appointment blocks is able to child care program staff. Someone from the local CCR&R will contact you to begin collecting staff contact information and link you to local vaccination events. Smart Start is also working with local vaccine providers to help make sure they’re ready to give shots to child care staff.

Flyers to Promote the Child Care Hotline

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We know that many parents and families are trying to find options for child care and remote learning facilities as school districts are reopening under either a Plan B (hybrid) or Plan C (full remote learning). Families can call the child care hotline (1-888-600-1685) to find local care options for infants through children age 12. The child care hotline is a partnership with NC’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Flyers are available in English and Spanish to provide more information about the child care hotline for parents and families who may need school-age care.

State of Emergency Rules for School-Age Care

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The NC Child Care Commission has adopted emergency rules and is proposing temporary rules to comply with the Governor's declaration of a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) to enact protective measures to help prevent the spread of the disease. This disease can result in serious illness or death to the public. The public health emergency, and the resulting closure of public schools, has impacted North Carolina school-age children and their families. To the degree that it is able, the North Carolina Child Care Commission is implementing emergency rules in order to give public schools options to provide care outside, or in addition to, the traditional school building, as well as give licensed facilities some flexibility to create and fill additional slots for school-age children to receive care while attending remote/online learning programs.  The emergency rules will become effective on August 13, 2020 and will be published in the NC Register on September 1, 2020.

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.1A when the Commission adopts emergency rules, they must simultaneously begin the temporary rulemaking process to replace the emergency rules and hold a public hearing on the rules to solicit comments. The comment period will be August 12 through September 2. The public hearing will be held on August 19, 2020, from 9:00 am until 10:30am.  The meeting will be held by WebEx and the public is invited. Additional information regarding how to participate in the public hearing will be forthcoming.

On August 5, NCDHHS shared a letter with public school superintendents regarding options for families who need child care during periods of remote learning for their school-aged children who are enrolled in public schools (ages 5 to 12). NCDHHS also shared a letter with families and parents, which is available in English and Spanish.

Remote Learning Resources

Birth – 2 years, NC Pre-K/Pre-K, and K – 2nd Grade

In an effort to support teachers and families, DCDEE and the NC Department of Public Instruction Office of Early Learning have worked collaboratively to gather and create resources to provide weekly learning activities that do not require technology and are aligned to NC standards. Resources are organized by age and grade level. Knowing that children develop and learn at different rates, feel free to look at resources outside of your child’s age or grade level.

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Rootle puts the well-being of its young audience members and their loved ones as its top priority. A trusted safe haven for children, Rootle is here for you in this turbulent time. To support children and their families, caregivers and educators, Rootle and PBS KIDS have worked tirelessly to curate videos and resources designed to help talk to children about the COVID-19 virus. These are available in a free daily newsletter and at PBSKIDS.org and at unctv.org/rootle. Rootle and PBS KIDS use time-tested and expert-vetted resources designed for kids’ seeking entertainment and families and caregivers’ seeking education.
 

 

 

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