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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 toreflect Governor Cooper's Executive Order 180, changes in CDC guidance, and clarify language.

The December edition of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit includes:


  • Revised requirement for face coverings for ALL children ages 5 or older, unless an exception applies (Pages 7 and 12)
  • Requirement to follow latest Center for Disease Control's (CDC) guidance regarding quarantine (Pages 4, 16, and 19)
  • Allows regulatory agencies and consultants providing monitoring of health and safety practices and offering technical assistance to enter child care facilities once screened (Page 6)
  • Clearly defines stable groups of children and adults (cohorts) to minimize the extent of exposure (Page 6)
  • Glossary of commonly used terms (Page 20)

DCDEE requests that particular attention be paid to the requirement to utilize the CDC's most up-to-date quarantine guidance. As a reminder, quarantine refers to an individual who has been a close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period) of someone who is positive with COVID-19.  CDC continues to recommend quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. However, as of December 2, 2020, the CDC has offered options to reduce the duration of quarantine in either of the following two scenarios:

  • 10 days of quarantine have been completed and no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring;
  • 7 days of quarantine have been completed, no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, and the individual has received results of a negative antigen or PCR/molecular test on a test taken no earlier than day 5 of quarantine.
  • If quarantine is discontinued before day 14, the individual must continue to monitor symptoms and strictly adhere to all non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g. wear a mask, practice social distancing) through 14 days after the date of last exposure.
  • Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if someone at your schools must quarantine. Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last in the communities they serve, based on local conditions and needs.

Interim COVID-19 Reopening Policies for NC Pre-K Programs Updated December 9, 2020


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.

Updated COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies


DCDEE has released important updated  COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy information. The key update in this edition is that all child care employees working on-site at a child care facility that is approved to provide child care in November and December 2020, as well as teachers and assistants in NC Pre-K and Head Start programs who are serving children face-to-face during November and December, will receive a bonus for their service during the COVID-19 crisis. 


Flyers to Promote the Child Care Hotline


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


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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