COVID-19 Updates and Resources

ECE Huddles

Outdoor Safety
May 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

COVID-19 CLINICAL SUPPORT FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD SETTINGS
May 11, 2021 @ 2:30 pm – 3:00

Gardening with Children
May 25, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

**All huddles are offered at no cost. 

To view the whole list of our previously recorded huddles, please visit our ECE Resource Roundup page.

New Masking in Child Care Guidebook

We are proud to share the new Masking in Child Care Guidebook (English / Spanish).This Guidebook is a compilation of key resources and tips for supporting children, staff, and families with mask-wearing. It also includes sample program policies, activities to engage children, and materials you can download or print and share broadly.

To learn more watch our April 6th Masking in Child Care Guidebook & Clinical Support Huddle

COVID-19 Vaccinations 

Here you will find communications sent to child care programs and the press since February 1, 2021.

  • See this letter from Governor Polis to all child care providers sent shortly before the below press conference in early February. 
  • CDHS and the Office of Early Childhood released this press release re: vaccine for child care providers 
  • CDHS and the Office of Early Childhood send this email to give specific directions to child care providers on the next steps for a vaccine. 4,600 providers, with an estimated 40,000 staff, will be eligible for vaccines. 
  • CDHS and the Office of Early Childhood sent a message from Colonel Andrew Diederich, Chief of Plans, Vaccine Joint Task Force
Project Firstline Needs Assessment for School Nurses

CDPHE is developing no-cost, web-based quick training modules on infection prevention for health professionals working in healthcare, school, and child care settings. To assure we are meeting your needs, we are conducting a brief 10-minute needs assessment survey during the month of March. More information on the project and a link to the survey can be found here.

Guidelines for Visitors in Colorado Child Care Facilities During COVID-19

The Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) have clarified guidelines for visitors in Colorado Child Care Facilities During COVID-19.

Access the guidelines here.

RESOURCE GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUALS HOSTING AND FAMILIES PARTICIPATING IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEARNING PODS 

As you consider care and learning environments for your children this school year, whether it be a child care home or center, a school district building, a learning pod, or informal groups of children doing virtual learning together, it is important to consider the health and safety of these environments for children. The education and safety guidance will assist individuals in hosting and families participating in temporary instructional learning pods.

Teacher/Educator Well-Being
Support Line

The Well-Being Support Line is a free service for all educators and school employees including, ECE, K-12 programs, and higher education. The support line is available to any educators across the state including teachers, administrators, para-professionals, health care teams, and support staff.  Click here to learn more.

 

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY TOOLKIT FOR COLORADO CHILD CARE PROGRAMS

Healthy Child Care Colorado has developed a health and safety toolkit for licensed child care centers, family child care homes, and school-age child care programs in Colorado in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

This temporary guidance has been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes guidance required by Colorado licensing rules, COVID-19 Colorado public health and executive orders, and national, state, and local recommendations for best practices during this health emergency. 

For questions or comments regarding the toolkit please email us.

Early Milestones COVID-19 Early Childhood Research Partnership

During the summer of 2020, Early Milestones Colorado collected survey responses from more than 1,200 child care providers; 5,000 early childhood educators; and 11,000 families with children under the age of 12. This statewide research was designed to inform system-level approaches for re-building the sector quickly, getting families back to work, and preparing for future crises.

We are pleased to present complete findings from their 2020 surveys in this comprehensive report.

Child Care in COVID-19 Resource Guide

The office of Early Childhood (OEC), in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, created a guide to support your program’s response to COVID-19. Use this guide to update your program’s practices in response to COVID-19.

On July 9, 2020, the OEC reviewed the guide during a virtual town hall. View the recording here

TO ALL LICENSED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS: Update Your Status with the Office of Early Childhood

The Colorado Office of Early Childhood has created a new portal for emergency preparedness.  The Department uses this information in times of emergency to address critical need and to determine the state of child care across the state. This will also assist the state in determining resources needed to support the sector. You can register your current status on the Colorado Shines website here.

New Guide for Supporting Children During COVID-19

The Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Early Childhood’s new Family Resource is a five-page guide to help with parenting during a pandemic and promote family well-being.

CO-HELP is Colorado’s call line for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). People who have general questions about COVID-19 can call CO HELP at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, for answers in many languages, or email them at COHELP@RMPDC.org for answers in English.

CO Department of Public Health and Environment provides up to date information about COVID-19

CDHS Update for Child Care Providers, March 2020

Child Care Aware of America is providing news and the latest information for families and child care providers.

No Kid Hungry has launched a texting hotline to provide information about emergency food distribution sites in communities where schools have been closed due to COVID19. Families can text the word “FOOD” (or “COMIDA”) to 877877 to find their nearest sites. Make sure families know these meals are available and where they can find them by helping spread.

Additional Resources