In order to best support you as you respond to COVID, the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is sharing the following new resources:
- The COVID-19 in NC and the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit: What You Need to Know live event held August 6, 2021, is now available on YouTube and in Moodle (see instructions below). This training shares the latest data on the Delta variant, ways to help promote the COVID-19 vaccine, and recent changes made to the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit.
- DCDEE has also posted the questions and answers from the COVID-19 in NC and the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit: What You Need to Know on the DCDEE website.
Accessing Online Training Module:
In order to receive credit for the training, please log into the DCDEE Moodle platform to view information. To access training in the Moodle platform, you will need to login with your NCID - the same NCID that used for WORKS login, and/or the CBC Portal.
If you do not have an NCID, use this link to get one: Getting your NCID Username and Password.
- From the Moodle home screen go to my courses; click on COVID-19 in NC and the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit: What You Need to Know. Certificates cannot be generated until the module is completed in its entirety.
- Click the link provided to go directly to DCDEE's Moodle page.
- Moodle can also be accessed through
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.
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.
The 2021-2022 Interim COVID-19 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:
- Health & Safety Guidance
- Program Year
- Classroom Staff
- Mode of Instruction
- Circumstances When Remote Learning May Be Needed
- Remote Learning Requirements
- Teaching Strategies Resources
- Payment Policy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people who live in areas with high or substantial levels of transmission wear a mask when in indoor public settings--even if they are vaccinated.
The ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit (also available in Spanish) has been updated to align with this recommendation, and includes the following updates:
- The Toolkit has been updated to align with current CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs and CDC’s updated guidance from July 27, 2021.
- Each section of the Toolkit has been organized into three categories that prioritize implementation of the strategies that have been shown to be most effective in lowering the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread in child care settings.
- Strategies that are required are based on existing North Carolina laws and child care rules and must be followed by all child care providers.
- Strategies that NC DHHS recommends that child care programs require. These strategies, if not implemented, create conditions of high risk for COVID-19 exposure and spread. NCDHHS strongly advises that child care programs adopt all the strategies in these sections.
- Strategies that child care programs should consider adopting. These are strategies to provide additional layers of prevention and that, if implemented, will further reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread.