The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has updated the guidance on face coverings in child care facilities as outlined in the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit.
The updated guidance clarifies that school-age children five (5) years or older who are in kindergarten or above are required to wear face coverings when they are or may be within six (6) feet of another person, unless a family member states that an exception applies for the child. NCDHHS recognizes that some five-year-old children attending child care programs are not yet in kindergarten. For these children, it is recommended that they wear face coverings if they can reliably wear, remove, and handle masks following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. The face covering guidance applies to children who are on site at the child care facility, as well as on tran
On August 6th, DCDEE held a webinar for NC Pre-K contracting agencies to provide an overview of the Interim COVID-19 Reopening Policies for NC Pre-K Programs guidance.
A moderated Q&A session was held at the end of the presentation.
The presentation is now available.
The Interim COVID-19 Reopening Policies for NC Pre-K Programs applies to all NC Pre-K Providers – regardless of whether they are located in in public schools or nonpublic/private sites and provides information on the following:
- Goals for the 2020-21 NC Pre-K Program Year
- Program Year
- Mode of Classroom Instruction
- Health & Safety Guidance
- Remote Learning Requirements
- Payment Policy
- Reporting Requirements
On August 5, NCDHHS shared a letter with public school superintendents regarding the Interim NC Pre-K Reopening Guidance.
This FAQ is intended to help leaders from child care programs, public schools, community-based organizations (CBO), Local Health Departments, and other groups working to provide care to school-age children during periods of remote learning. Questions that have not been answered by local partners or through this FAQ can be submitted to StrongSchoolsNC@dhhs.nc.gov.
DCDEE has released important updated COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy information. The Division will make Subsidized Child Care Program payments to all OPEN subsidized child care providers for June and July service months consistent with the March payments for February services, as recorded in NC FAST. For June and July 2020, DCDEE will cover the cost of parent copayments for the child care subsidy program for providers that are open. Child care programs must not collect parent copayments for these months.
The updated COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy document provides detailed information about policy changes that apply to licensed or regulated child care facilities for the months of April, May, June, and July 2020 (subject to the availability of funding) related to: 1) Subsidized Child Care Assistance payments, 2) NC Pre-K program payments 3) Emergency Child Care Subsidy program payments, 4) Bonus payments to child care teachers and staff providing services during the COVID-19 outbreak and 5) Operational grants.