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ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit Updated


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 April edition of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit includes the following updates:  

Change in terminology from “social distance” to “physical distance” (throughout the Toolkit)

  • Clarification on Daily Health Screenings (page 5 & 16)
  • Updated Summary Table for Returning from Exclusion (page 7-8 & 16-17)
  • Resources related to the COVID-19 vaccines (page 18)
  • Added definition for “fully vaccinated” (page 25)

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

Updated COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies


DCDEE has released important updated  COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy information. The key updates in this edition are as follows:

  • the operational grants awarded during the months of March and/or April 2021 can be used to address any current lead mitigation costs that occur in the month in which the grant was awarded.
  • DCDEE will be covering the cost of the parent co-payment during the months of March and April 2021. 

Operational Grants - March and April 2021


On December 27, 2020, the COVID-19 Economic Relief Bill that was signed into law, allocating funds to states to provide immediate assistance to child care providers.  North Carolina has allocated some of these funds for operational grants for licensed child care providers, as well as those child care providers who operate under a notice of compliance. DCDEE is issuing these grants in a manner consistent with the formula used in distributing the operational grants previously. The operational grants for March and April 2021 are now available for licensed child care providers to access.

How Child Care Programs Can Help Get Child Care Staff Vaccinated


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.

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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