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Getting Outside Can Reduce the Risk of COVID-19 Transmission

Are you looking for ways to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID-19, as well as, improving the health of your children and families? The North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is excited to share the following information and resources to guide child care facilities as they promote outdoor play as a healthy strategy.


The Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) at North Carolina State University, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation's Early Childhood Health Outdoors, have developed resources to support child care providers and regulators to promote health and wellness during this challenging time.


Available in English and Spanish, Get Outside! Reduce Risk of Disease and Improve Health During COVID-19 and Beyond is designed to help foster best practices to bolster outdoor spaces as a healthy strategy during the pandemic and beyond.  Through low-cost improvements and programming, it offers a variety of suggestions to immediately enhance child care outdoor spaces, by making them healthy, comfortable, and engaging.


Additionally, the NLI provides a collection of resources, including COVID Support We're All In This Together!, professional development, research, evidence-based design assistance, and publications. These resources support families schooling at home, teachers and children in child care facilities, early childhood college educators, and all who influence the development of young children. NLI provides strategies to enhance outdoor experiences and support safe and healthy child care opportunities for children to spend more time outside. After all, outdoors with nature is the healthiest place to be!

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.

rootle - PBS KIDS Channel

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'"
 — Fred Rogers


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 and at 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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