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WATCH! COVID-19 Webinar Now Available in English and Spanish!

WATCH! COVID-19 Webinar Now Available in English and Spanish!



Guidance: Managing COVID-19 Cases in Child Care Facilities

The Division of Child Development and Early Education recently held a Public Health Town Hall for Early Care and Learning Professionals to learn about the latest vaccines, treatments, and tools to combat COVID-19. Led by DCDEE Legislative Liaison & Policy Manager Arlette Lambert, MSW, the town hall featured NCDHHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Charlene Wong, MD; and NCDHHS State Child Care Nurse Consultant Amy Petersen, BSN, RN of the Division of Child and Family Well-Being.

DCDEE also announced the retirement of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit effective August 31, 2022. Child care programs and local health departments should follow the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Operational Guidance for Early Care and Education Programs with the following exception: mask exemptions are allowed in North Carolina when children and staff return to child care following an exposure or 5-10 days after a COVID-19 infection. For details on the specific mask exemptions, as well as information to support implementation of the CDC guidance, please see DCDEE’s supplemental document, Managing COVID-19 Cases in Child Care Facilities.

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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"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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