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NC COVID-19 Child Care Guidance Updates

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.
  1. Strategies that are required are based on existing North Carolina laws and child care rules and must be followed by all child care providers.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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.
  • Streamlined content, including reduced duplication of information, throughout the Toolkit based on the latest known facts and data around COVID-19.

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

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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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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