COVID-19 Updates and Resources
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.
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 Colorado is conducting important research to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the early childhood sector in Colorado, and we strongly encourage you to participate! If you do no other survey this summer, please complete this one.
Survey participants will be eligible to win a $100 gift card, and survey responses will help inform policy and funding decisions, as well as future efforts to sustain the early childhood sector in Colorado. It is important that we have as many voices and perspectives as possible. We encourage you to complete this survey and lend your voice to this vital effort!
Click here for additional information and to complete the survey.
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 Round-Up 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.
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.
How to Maintain Good Oral Health during the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic and What to do in case of a Dental Emergency: This handout was developed by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, which is a part of the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness