COVID-19: Provider Specific Updates

If you have any questions or need additional support, call our provider line at 1-800-446-1114

Cash options for providers during COVID-19

Child Care Aware of Washington: COVID-19 Updates

Child Care Aware of America Coronavirus Webinars

DCYF: COVID-19 Updates

DCYF: Emergency Child Care Waiver (Exception) Request 

Financial Resources for Child Care Providers

Handwashing video in English and Somali

"Keep Me Home If..." Poster from the Public Health Child Care Health Program

Public Health Downloadable COVID signs for Childcares in multiple languages


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

What's New This Week: September 16, 2020

Have you heard of Washington Child Care Business Edge? It is a one-stop location for Early Childhood Education resources, created by Child Care Aware of Washington! There are free templates you can use to update your staff and family handbooks, plus many other free resources and discounts. Additionally, there are sections on financial relief and other COVID-19 resources that you may find useful during this pandemic.

Washington Child Care Business Edge is currently available to all providers for 90 days and ongoing for those participating in Early AchieversAccess Business Edge Here! 

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This week's topic: Fall Art Activities!

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Check out this book list, to keep your library diverse this fall. The list includes books for various age groups.

Back-to-School During COVID-19: Child care information and resources for parents and providers.


Wednesday, September 2, 2020

What's New This Week: September 2, 2020

Child Care Aware of Washington (CCA) has created a site with resources to help you, as you may be supporting older children this school year.

The 2020 back-to-school season is unlike any other. With many school districts moving to remote learning only this fall, parents who must work away from home are scrambling to find safe child care options for their school-age children. Child care providers are working hard to support these families by opening spaces for children ages 5-12 that can support online learning.Child Care Aware of Washington is supporting families and providers as we navigate these uncertain times. Back to School During COVID-19

CCA has also put together some tips on how to include older children into your child care program. Click Here to take a look!

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This week's topic: Supporting Online Learning!

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Schoolastic Learn at Home has some great resources for various age groups. Click here to take a look! 

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Virtual Professional Learning Communities

We are continuing to offer Professional Learning Communities (PLC) virtually. We hope that these PLC's provide you with an opportunity to connect with other child care providers. Collaborate, ask questions, and get resources. All early learning professionals are invited: Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Center Teachers and Providers, staff members, co-teachers, and teaching assistants.

*Please note that these learning communities do not provide STARS hours.

Check out the two upcoming dates below:

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Topic: Program and Classroom Planning

You can use the link to access the PLC.

Or click on the email, if you have any questions!

Zoom Link: https://childcare.zoom.us/j/95744152229

Email for questions: Breish@childcare.org

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Topic: Explaining Developmentally Appropriate Practice to Families

-facilitators will send out Zoom link to access PLC to all those that have RSVP’d-

To RSVP, Please Email:

Andrea Daniels at Daniels@childcare.org, Chelsie Rikard at rickard@childcare.org or Keena Gentry at gentry@childcare.org.

Use this link to view dates and topics for all the PLC's this month!


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What's New This Week: August 26, 2020

The National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations has a thorough guide for helping providers with re-opening plans. It covers everything from supporting staff to reconnecting with children and parents. Click here to download the full re-opening guide! 

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This week's topic: Life Science!

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Here's a book list of life science books. The target age for this list is preschool, but modifications could be made to keep other children engaged.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020

What's New This Week: August 19, 2020

Mindful Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training educators in mindfulness, has created ten free mindfulness classes for kids! Here is some information from their website: Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, emotions, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment – with openness and curiosity. It has a variety of research-backed impacts, including reduction in stress, and improvements in emotional regulation, and focus. Learn how the benefits of mindfulness can be transformative in education.

Click here to take a look at FREE mindfulness classes!

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This week's topic: Social Emotional Development!

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Here's a book list to help with those big emotions.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

What's New This Week: August 12, 2020

Due to the sudden increase in demand for hand sanitizers this spring, many manufacturers rushed new products to market. The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is learning that many of these products are either unsafe because they contain methanol, or they do not have enough ethyl or isopropyl alcohol to be effective. Please check the hand sanitizers you're using. Here is the FDA's online list of products being recalled. 

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This week's topic: Math Throughout the Day!

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Sesame Street has some great resources on how to incorporate math into everyday activities! Click the link to take a look! 

Here is a list of books that include math concepts. You can enjoy reading while learning math with your littles!

Resources:

  • Child Care Resources coaches are hosting a Group Learning Experience (GLE) for child care center directors. This GLE is on Being Resourceful in Covid Times: The New Normal for School Age Care. During this meeting we will be brainstorming ways to support learning from an online model. Supporting children from different schools/districts and considering what is equitable.

            DATE: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

            TIME: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

            If you're interested in joining us for this learning experience,

            email ccrdreamteam@childcare.org 


 

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

What's New This Week: August 5, 2020

In the last two weeks, 27 school districts in King and Pierce Counties have announced that learning this fall will be 100% remote. We can expect the four remaining districts to follow suit soon.

We recognize that the continued physical closure of schools this fall may put you in a difficult position, and you may be caring for additional children. Child Care Resources (CCR) will be gathering information to see how we can best support you during this time. Our staff will be putting together focus groups, in addition to collecting anecdotal information.

Please be sure to share with your CCR coach about supports that you may need. Also, stay tuned for information about virtual meetings we will be hosting to provide you with resources and information!

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This week's topic: Planning for Storytime!

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Harper Collins Publishers have some great storytime resources!  Use this link to check out Harper Collins webiste for  storytime ideas with some of your favorite books!

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Child Care Aware of Washington has put together some tips on how to include older children into your child care program. Click the link below to take a look!

Including School Age Children in Family Child Care


Wednesday, July 29, 2020

What's New This Week: July 29, 2020

This week we want to remind you to make sure you are registered to vote! 

Voter Registration Information

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This week's topic: ADVOCACY!

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¡Mire lo que otros proveedores dicen hacerca de la importancia de la abogacía!

Check out Child Care Aware of Washington's advocacy page

Resources: 

         We cannot talk about disability honestly and fully without talking about race. – Lydia X. Z. Brown (2020) 

  • DCYF is hosting a webinar to share updates from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) staff related to child care and the agency's COVID-19 response. We will focus most of the meeting on the licensing monitoring process. You will also have an opportunity to share questions you may have regarding COVID-19.

Child Care Providers Updates Webinar

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Join Here

Access Code: 133 783 8062

Password: dcyf

Call in Number: 1.360.810.3022

Please note, the webinar system can only hold 950 participants. Once that number is reached the webinar will be locked.

Following the webinar, we will post the presentation along with the Q&A to our COVID-19 Early Learning and Child Care webpage on the right-hand side under “Child Care COVID-19 Webinars” (you will find the presentation and Q&A from the July 14, 2020 webinar posted here as well). 

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

What's New This Week: July 22, 2020

This week we want to highlight the recent update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF), on Changes to Child Care Complaint Visits.

Video Update      Read DCYF Update 8.20.2020

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This week's topic: Outdoor Sensory Play Activities

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Here is a a list of books that feature Black boys as main characters! (Scroll to middle of the page). 


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

What's New This Week: July 15, 2020

This week we want to highlight

Child Care Aware of Washinton's (CCA) Summer Newsletter!

Video Update

A few things included in the newsletter:

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This week's topic: Dual Language Supports

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 

Child Care Health Program Call

When: Wednesday, July 15th, 2020, at 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada).


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

What's New This Week: July 8, 2020

This week we want to highlight the free masks Washington State Department of Health is providing! Residents with incomes less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to receive two free masks.

Video Update       WA State Free Mask Info

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This week's topic: Ideas for Displaying Children’s Art

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Happily Ever After: 18 Multicultural Fairy Tales to Delight Every Child

Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will be hosting a Summer Webinar Series for the Early Childhood Education workforce. This Summer Webinar Series will focus on listening to you.

July Webinar: Tuesday, July 21 | 6 p.m.

View Full Details    Register Here


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

What's New This Week: July 1, 2020

This week we want to highlight the recent update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), dated June 26, 2020, on the Enrollment Based Payment Extension Through August 2020.

Video Update         DCYF Update 6.26.2020

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This week's topic: Encouraging Children with Authentic Praise

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Subverting Systemic Racism in Kidlit Publishing

We talk about diversity without acknowledging that equity is just as important.

"White women dominate the kid lit community–they represent the majority of editors, reviewers, agents, librarians, educators, and booksellers. Dominance isn’t healthy and the diet of books our kids have been consuming for generations hasn’t been healthy as a result.

A just approach means ensuring that ALL creators have an equal opportunity to tell their own story in their own way."

From: https://booksforlittles.com/zetta-elliott/


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Child Care Health Program Call

When: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020, at 1:30 PM

Register in advance for this meeting here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclfuirqDwvHtIuV3lBh0II_-7A5u8MCxYU


Wednesday, June 24, 2020

What's New This Week: June 24, 2020

This week we want to highlight an immunization campaign by WithinReach, the Department of Health and the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics “Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Vaccinated!”

Immunization Campaign Flyers: 

English & Video Update   Spanish   Chinese (Simplified)  Amharic   Somali   Ukrainian   Russian   Tigrinya

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This week's topic: Cooking with Young Children

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The University of Washington(UW) and Washington State University(WSU), with support from Tacoma Community College, have created the Washington State Food Security Survey to gain a better understanding of how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has impacted economic security and food access for Washington State residents. The survey is both computer and smart phone-capable. All Washington State residents who are 18 years or older are invited to participate!

You may access the online survey here: https://redcap.link/wafood

Upon completing the survey, you will have the option to provide your email address to enter a drawing for a $50 grocery store gift card (one of fifty). We will NOT ask for your name, protected health information, or any identifying information. 

The King County Library System (KCLS) is offering a series of workshops entirely in Spanish! The series is part of the Fiestas online program. It will run from July 1 to August 19 from 2 to 3pm.

Workshops will take place through the Zoom online meeting platform. You do not need to be a KCLS cardholder in order to participate. Click this link for more information and to register. 


Monday, June 22, 2020

Professional Development STARS opportunity in collaboration with Betty Perala for our child care providers, especially those serving our children Birth through Three. 

Self-Care and Preparing for Behaviors After COVID 

Talking to Families about Kids: How to care for families while communicating their children’s needs 


Monday, June 22, 2020

Child Care Health Program Call

When: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020, at 1:30 PM 

Register in advance for this meeting here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYudeqorT8sG9HPE43K65ZvCFEjkxQbRUW8


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

What's New This Week: June 17, 2020

This week we want to highlight the recent update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) about the Right to Transfer a Child Care License.

The Right to Transfer a Child Care License

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This week's topic: Health & Safety Tips

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Juneteenth 

The History of Juneteenth Celebrations

Juneteenth: Fact Sheet

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The National Black Child Development Institute and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have developed The Activity Book for African American Families. This collaboration is an effort to provide information that would be meaningful to families coping with crisis.

An Activity Book For African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis


Monday, June 15, 2020

Child Care Health Program Call

When: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 1:30pm

Register in advance for this meeting here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZErdeGpqz4uHtBvQK_u-1IvJZmEE8th9i4-

 


Monday, June 15, 2020

Sixth Child Care Health Consultation Summit 

King County is gathering for the sixth child care health consultation (CCHC) summit virtually on two days:  Wednesday, June 24th from 10:00am to 12:00pm and Tuesday, June 30th from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Funds for family child care providers to purchase time for substitute teachers are available upon request.

Earn 2 STARS continuing education hours for each session.

Click here to register for June 24th

Click here to register for June 30th

Please contact Anna Freeman if you have questions at anna.freeman@kindering.org


Wednesday, June 10, 2020

What's New This Week: June 10, 2020

This week we want to highlight the following: 

2020 Census & Census Postcard

The STARS requirement move from calendar to fiscal year 

Video Update

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This week's topic: Conversations about Race & Discrimination

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Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

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Financial Resources for Child Care Providers A Learning Community

Child Care Resources staff are hosting a FREE event via Zoom to connect with other child care providers, share your experiences and ask questions. We will be discussing DCYF Grant distribution and spending, the latest updates on unemployment benefits as well as more on Paycheck Protection (PPP) and EIDL loans and other financial resources available.

Click Here to Join the Meeting via Zoom

DATE: Monday, June 15, 2020

TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Education and Training for Child Care Providers 

King County has a listing of ways you can earn STARS.⭐️

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/child-teen-health/child-care-health/training.aspx
 


Monday, June 8, 2020

Resource: pop-up novel coronavirus testing sites on June 13 & June 14.

Residents of South King County will have access to two free, one-day pop-up novel coronavirus testing sites on June 13 and June 14. 

Testing Site Information

Day 1: June 13, 2020 at HealthPoint 955 Powell Ave SW Renton, WA 98057, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Day 2: June 14, 2020 at SeaMar 31405 18th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Testing is free. Sites accept walk-ups and drive-throughs. No insurance is required. You will only be asked for your name, date of birth, and phone number for a results follow-up. You will not be asked for your documentation status. Those who may require transportation assistance may reach out to King County organizers here. There will be a cutoff time for testing.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

What's New This Week: June 3, 2020

This week we want to highlight two recent updates from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF).

Below are links to read the full updates, along with a video of the same.

Child Care Subsidy Increase 

Child Care Providers COVID-19 Informational Webinar 

Video Update - Subsidy Increase

Video Update - DCYF Webinar Save the Date

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This week's topic: Dance Activities!

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Children’s Books to Help Talk About Racism & Discrimination 

This link has a list of books to help in your conversations about race and discrimination. 

As we navigate these stressful times. Let's be sure we are giving our children resources to handle tough conversation topics. We cannot we can't ignore the recent uptick in incidences affecting our Black communities and encourage you to tackle these conversations head on. 

JUNE 8-12, 2020: VIRTUAL QUALITY INSTITUTE! 

Cultivate Learning is putting on virtual learning institutes next month, in partnership with Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families. This is a FREE, 5-day event, with live webinars, and the opportunity to earn STARS!! ⭐️ 

 

Child Care COVID-19 Grants Now Closed

Dear Child Care Providers,
 
The Child Care COVID-19 Grant, which provided critical support and stabilization for more than 3,600 licensed child care providers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now closed. 
 
At this time, the grant funding is depleted and the grant application is no longer available. The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) provided grants to licensed child care providers, centers and 
family homes who are open, providing child care and agreed to stay open.
 
To learn more about the funding opportunity, visit the DCYF Early Learning and Child Care COVID-19 page or contact dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov with any questions. 
 

Food Pantries at WA Colleges

Child Care Aware of Washington has compiled a list of Food Pantries and their operating information.


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Statement from Phoebe Sade Anderson CEO & Richard de Sam Lazaro Incoming Board Chair:

Dear Providers,
 
We reach out to you today to share in the pain, outrage, and grief in the CCR family and our communities. We know that this moment is the culmination of centuries of intentional structures and practices designed to hurt, exploit, and dismantle our communities of Color. Systemic violence and the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to highlight racism as a root cause of death, sickness, poverty for our Black and Brown communities in ways that our White communities cannot fathom and in many cases, perpetuate. 
Children are the heart—and the future—of our communities. And ALL children are the missional focus of Child Care Resources. We cannot ensure that all children can thrive until we break down the racist structures that predict a child’s success, even life expectancy, before they are born.
Which is why we at Child Care Resources center our mission with antiracism: Embedded in Child Care Resources’ daily work is identifying and addressing racism so that all children thrive in their early learning environments. We do this by starting with ourselves. We are committed to analyzing our structures and practices internally with our staff and externally with our families, child care providers and community partners to identify ways in which we support inequity and racism; and we are committed to making immediate changes. We hold the responsibility of supporting families and child care providers in our state, particularly in King and Pierce counties, with great honor, humility, and obligation to do better. We will fall down. And we will get up, learn from our falls, and keep working for equity for children.
In this moment of grief and anger, we remember that for every act of hate and fear perpetrated in our communities, there are thousands upon thousands of acts of love, compassion, and kindness. We see these every day in early learning: a parent seeking a better start for their child, a child care provider wrapping her arms around the children in her care (and in turn her community), and a community partner providing much needed resources. Until ALL children can grow up with this love, CCR’s work continues.
Thank you, sincerely, for dedicating your lives to undoing systems of inequity. We are confident that if we work with each other, for each other, we will emerge from this crisis together as a more just, equitable, and resilient community. 
 
With Gratitude and Hope,
 
Phoebe Sade Anderson CEO  
Richard de Sam Lazaro Incoming Board Chair
 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Child Care Health Consultation Live Call 

When: This Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020, at 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvd-6grz8pGdSw1rmvMrs8k4VQ8ivjfO-F


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

This week we want to highlight the recent update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), about New Emergency Reporting Rules - Vacant Child Care Slots.

Your Video Tidbit!

Our staff has put together a tidbit of information just for you! Click here to read the tidbit or hear it in your preferred language below. 

This week's topic: Creating Bird Feeders

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

 Child Care Health Consultation Live Call on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuc-GppjovHtU41dnuJAUg28b4swK71n65

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

This week we want to highlight two recent updates:

The Child Care COVID-19 Grants Frequently Asked Questions from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF). 

Update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), about Emergency COVID-19 Child Care Rules Filed.

Your Video Tidbit!

Our staff has put together a tidbit of information just for you! Click here to read the tidbit or hear it in your preferred language below. 

This week's topic: Challenging Behavior in Challenging Times

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

This week we want to highlight two recent updates:

From Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), around Child Care Development Block Grant’s CARE Act.

Updated King County Public Health recommendations for child care providers. 

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Our staff has put together a tidbit of information just for you! Click here to read the tidbit or hear it in your preferred language below. 

This week's topic: Gardening with Social Distancing

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dear Child Care and Early Learning Community,

We are happy to announce that the updated COVID-19 Childcare Guidance and related materials have been published on the Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) website.  The changes reflect updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the impact of COVID-19 in King county.

The updated child care recommendations and guidance documents can be found here or visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/schools-childcare/childcare.aspx

Key updates include:

  1. Updated list of COVID-19 symptoms: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-fact-sheet-families.ashx

 

  1. Symptom screening upon arrival for children and staff: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-checklist-childcare.ashx

 

  1. Recommendation for children over 2 years of age and staff to wear non-medical face coverings, if feasible: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-checklist-childcare.ashx

 

  1. Guidance for temporarily isolating individuals who become symptomatic while in care: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/covid-19-checklist-childcare.ashx

 

  1. Change from 7 to 10 days of isolation for individuals who are showing COVID-19 symptoms or are a confirmed case: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/schools-childcare/childcare/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/guidance-covid-19-in-childcare.ashx

 

  1. Updated notification/reporting guidelines to PHSKC of suspected or confirmed cases (children and staff): https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/schools-childcare/childcare/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/guidance-covid-19-in-childcare.ashx

 

  1. Guidance on option for child cares serving families in essential services to remain open during 14-day symptom watch: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/schools-childcare/childcare/~/media/depts/health/communicable-diseases/documents/C19/guidance-covid-19-in-childcare.ashx

 

Child Care Health Program

Public Health – Seattle & King County

401 5th Avenue, Suite 1000

Seattle, WA 98104

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Child Care Nurse Consultation - Managing Stress and Anxiety during COVID-19

When: Wednesday, May 13, at 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIlcO6ppjMuHtcL2CBiIQTPoBUVrZWVItK2

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Today is Child Care Provider Appreciation Day! We, at Child Care Resources, want to make sure you know how much you are appreciated. Thank you for caring for our youngest members of society. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, especially during these trying times. We have made a video to honor you, click the heart below to watch!

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Child Care Nurse Consultation Health and Safety Practices in Child Care during COVID-19 

PowerPoint slides from May 6th 

RESOURCE LINKS
To access the Childcare Health Program website to view the May 6th training and past Virtual call videos go to: www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/child-teen-health/child-care-health/training.aspx

To access Public Health’s COVID-19 information:
• Go to www.kingcounty.gov/covid
• Scroll down to "Resources"
• Click on the “+” symbol next to "For schools and child care"  (child care guidance materials will be updated on the website, please check back soon!)

To access information for sanitizing, disinfecting, cleaning, posters, and other materials:
• Go to www.kingcounty.gov/childcare
• Click on "Disease Prevention" or "Cleaning and Bleach" for:
o Fact sheets for families
o "Keep Me Home If" posters
o Resource on cleaning and sanitizing/disinfecting your child care
o Comparison chart of health practices in child care: pre-COVID vs. current recommendations

To access the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of disinfectants for use against COVID-19:

• Click on: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2

To contact Northwest Center’s Inclusion Mentorship Program for increasing Access in Childcare Team (IMPACT):

• Email: IMPACT@nwcenter.org
• Website: https://www.nwcenter.org/impact.html

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

This week we want to highlight the recent update Update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), around Personal Protective Equipment. 

Your Video Tidbit!

Our staff has put together a tidbit of information just for you! Click here to read the tidbit or hear it in your preferred language below. 

This week's topic: Playdough Fun! with Social Distancing

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Child Care Nurse Consultation Health and Safety Practices in Child Care during COVID-19 
When: May 6, 2020, 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsc-murjouHtafbyY8BorVoQSbcTVtVxi8

Click here to download the 4.29.20 Nurse Consultation Zoom call slides

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

This week, we wanted to highlight two recent updates:

Update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), around Child Care Development Fund and Substitute Workers.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting applications for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). This is a loan and financial assistance program that has recently received additional federal funding.

Your Video Tidbit!

Our staff has put together a tidbit of information just for you! Click here to read the tidbit, or hear it in your preferred language below. 

This week's topic: Art Activities with Social Distancing

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

This week, we wanted to highlight the recent update from Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF), around Working Connections Child Care eligibility rules and payments for families. 

Your Video Tidbit!

CCR staff has put together a tidbit of information just for you! You can read it, or watch a video of the same content. Click here to read the tidbit, or hear it in your preferred language below. 

This week's topic: Outdoor Activities with Social Distancing

Conscious Discipline has a FREE printable resource on talking to children about coronavirus.

United Way of Pierce County and Greater Tacoma Community Foundation partnered to launch the Pierce County Connected fund. If you're in Pierce County, click here to check out the information on how to apply.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Testing in Rainier Beach starting 4/22

Harborview Medical Center & KC Public Health will be setting up a COVID-19 testing site across from Rainier Beach. This site is intended to serve the surrounding community, and in particular those who do not have private insurance and are not already established with a medical clinic elsewhere. Language interpreters available by phone if you prefer to speak a language other than English. For more information, call 206-520-2285

• State Date: 4/22/2020
• Occurs EVERY Wednesday & Saturday
• Hours: 10am - 3pm
• Please see flyer (English) for additional details

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Child Care Nurse Consultation Health and Safety Practices in Child Care during COVID-19 

Hello Child Care Provider and Child Care Community Member:

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: This Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020, at 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAlduiorT8iGdxIdA9BywghJmVdhJOcxm3_

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You will need to click on the link in that follow-up email to join the meeting on Wednesday.

Thank you for your interest and participation. And we look forward to our conversation this week.

The Child Care Health Program

Click here to download slides from 4.16.20 call


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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Virtual Professional Learning Communities - April 2020

In an effort to support you during this current pandemic, we will be offering three Professional Learning Communities (PLC) virtually. We hope that these PLC's provide you with an opportunity to connect with other child care providers. Collaborate, ask questions, and get resources.

All early learning professional are invited: Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Center Teachers and Providers, staff members, co-teachers, and teaching assistants.

*Please note that these learning communities do not provide STARS hours.

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Click here for the most recent Child Care and Early Learning Provider COVID-19 Update from the Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families. 

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Dear Provider,

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has a great opportunity to learn about SBA loans today!! Take a look at the information below, and register right away to attend this afternoon. We hope this information can greatly benefit you.

Paying Yourself, Your Staff, and Your Bills:

Helping Child Care Programs

Thursday, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Free

Are you interested in learning about the different options child care programs can access to get financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) on April 9 for the webinar, “Paying Yourself, Your Staff, and Your Bills: Helping Child Care Programs Understand and Navigate SBA Loan Options.”

In addition to the $3.5 billion for CCDBG provided by Congress in the recent CARES Act, there are multiple options for child care programs across states and settings to get financial support to survive this crisis. Since these processes may be complex, NAEYC is bringing together experts from the banking, business, and child care industries for a webinar featuring lessons from the first few days following the opening of the Paycheck Protection Program.

By attending, participants will learn how the different options work, which options may work best for them, and what precise steps individuals need to take to apply for them.

Register

To register, visit the event webpage.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Click here to register for the zoom meeting

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

COVID-19 Agency Response Update

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) has been working tirelessly to navigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and innovating new ways to safely support the young people in our care as well as agency partners.

As an agency we’ve made policy changes to reduce risk to staff, families and children, which I discuss in more detail in this video. Topics include updates and new protocols in place at Juvenile Rehabilitation facilities, in Child Welfare, Early Learning and Child Care.  

We have posted additional information related to DCFY’s COVID-19 response on our website, which is updated weekly. You can also submit questions to our COVID-19 inbox at dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov.

Read video transcript here.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

CCEI is offering a free course on Preparing for an Influenza Pandemic. Available in English and Spanish. Sign up today!

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

CCR staff is working to create live online trainings to meet your needs during this time of social distancing. As we plan these trainings, we want to hear from you! What subject matter would you like to see in an online training?
Let us know by completing a short survey, link below:

English: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egzxj6jck8ah3b6q/a006k8ku3tfn/questions

Spanish: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07eh0n3xcyk8onplky/start

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Tacoma Providers:

The City of Tacoma is offering small business stabilizaton loans

Loans for working capital up to $15,000 are available to small businesses with brick-and-mortar establishments within Tacoma city limits and 10 or fewer employees. They must have been operating in Tacoma for at least a year and, as part of the application process, they must be able to document a significant loss in revenue or sales due to COVID-19. There is no cost to submit an application.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

OR

Join by Phone:

1.206.263.8114 (Washington state) 

Conference ID: 1779139

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Dear Provider,

In response to the needs of child care providers, families, and children during this pandemic and challenging time, Child Care Resources will be offering a variety of live online conversations on topics related to COVID-19. These online training conversations are free of charge, and provide 1.5 STARS hours for each session.

For us to discuss the topic in a meaningful way, spaces for these trainings are limited. Participants are asked to attend only one time slot per topic. The live online conversations will take place through Zoom video calling. You do not have to have a Zoom license or Zoom account to participate. These live online conversations can be accessed online or by phone. Online viewing is recommended.

Get more information

Register now!

Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
 
Sincerely,

Child Care Resources
Professional Development Team
provider@childcare.org

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Below is a video update from DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter. Two important messages he delivered are:

  • Child care providers will be paid through April based on enrollment even if children are unable to attend or in the case of closure due to COVID related issues.
  • All part day authorizations for school age children will be shifted to full day administratively.  Providers and families do not need to call to report change. This will happen automatically.

 

Message from DCYF Secretary Hunter: Child Care COVID-19 Update

 

Dear Child Care Providers:

In this recent video, DCYF Secretary Ross Hunter extends his gratitude for your continued dedication to the children and families in our state as we live through the COVID-19 pandemic. He also addresses Governor Inslee's recent "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and what it means for essential workers like you. 

Please continue to follow our COVID-19 Updates webpage for guidance, resources and answers to frequently asked questions. 

Submit any concerns or questions to us by emailing dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov. This inbox is monitored daily and responses will be added to this website. 

If you have specific questions that cannot be answered by these resources, visit the DOH website or call the public call center at 1-800-525-0127

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Friday, March 27, 2020

We are getting questions from many child care providers about who you can and should serve in your programs during the COVID pandemic. We understand that the email from DCYF was not entirely clear in addressing this question for child care providers. Based on the italicized section of the DCYF email below, any child whose family uses subsidy is considered vulnerable and can be served, as well as children of essential personnel, which includes first responders, health care workers, grocery store employees, some government employees, and several others on a very long list of essential personnel.  

Please reach out to your Early Achievers coach for additional support. If you don't have an Early Achievers coach, you can call the provider line at 206-222-3861 or 1-877-512-3949.

Email from DCYF:

What does this mean for you as a child care or early learning provider? Children receiving child care subsidy, participating in Early Head Start, Head Start, ECLIPSE, ECEAP and foster children may qualify as uniquely vulnerable children. DCYF recommends providers serve children and families on the essential list and the most vulnerable children based on community need. Governor Inslee’s list of essential workers is also quite comprehensive

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Guidance for Child Care Providers and the Early Learning Community

Public Health Seattle & King County: Checklist for Child Care Administrators Steps to Prevent COVID-19

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

DCYF Update on Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order

Dear Child Care Providers and Early Learning Community:

Thank you for all that you are doing during this unprecedented time. Your passion and commitment to serving Washington’s children and families are unparalleled. We value all that you do each day.

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is committed to ensuring you have the best information to make informed decisions about providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued on March 23 requires that people stay home to minimize the spread of COVID-19 unless they are pursuing essential activities, like grocery shopping, going to a doctor’s appointment or the pharmacy, or if they work at a business deemed essential to continue functioning during an emergency. It also outlines the essential critical infrastructure workers that will ensure the continuity of critical functions for our state. Governor Inslee has designated child care and licensed pre-K as an essential function for essential workers and uniquely vulnerable children.

"The more of us who stay home, the fewer of us who will be infected by COVID-19, and more lives will be saved," said Governor Inslee.

While parents are encouraged to stay home with their children if they're able to do so, we understand that child care services for our frontline healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers is necessary during this pandemic.

What does this mean for you as a child care or early learning provider? Children receiving child care subsidy, participating in Early Head Start, Head Start, ECLIPSE, ECEAP and foster children may qualify as uniquely vulnerable children. DCYF recommends providers serve children and families on the essential list and the most vulnerable children based on community need. Governor Inslee’s list of essential workers is also quite comprehensive. You can find the full list of essential workers here.

DCYF encourages child care and early learning programs serving priority populations to remain open and follow DOH child care guidance on group size and social distancing. Child care centers and family homes should not operate groups larger than 10 people total, including children and adults (for example, one adult and nine children, two adults and eight children, etc.). Limiting the group size is an emergency measure that will help reduce potential COVID-19 exposures and may prevent an entire program from shutting down if exposure does occur. We also understand that as independent business owners and community-based organizations, it is your choice to whether to stay open and provide on-site classroom services.

DCYF is working directly with first responder organizations such as hospitals and others that want to provide care on site to stand up child care sites quickly through an emergency licensing process. This also includes some of our 24/7 state facilities. If you are interested in this resource, please contact emergencychildcare@dcyf.wa.gov.

Thank you again for all that you are doing to provide care for our most vulnerable children and essential workers during this pandemic.

For updates on the statewide plan to address the spread of COVID-19 and any new developments, please visit the DCYF COVID-19 Updates webpage. If you have questions, please email dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear DCYF Community Partners and Stakeholders,

We are repurposing the previously scheduled BRS Planning Meeting to discuss any questions you may have regarding COVID-19. We look forward to providing a space and opportunity for our BRS community partners and stakeholders to ask questions and receive guidance. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the webinar information below.

DCYF's COVID-19 Guidance and Q&A for BRS Community
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Join the Meeting by clicking the link
Access Code: 807 922 934
Password: dcyf
Call in Number: 1.360.810.3022

Please note, the webinar system can only hold 950 participants. Once that number is reached the webinar will be locked.

The webinar will be recorded and posted to our website following its completion.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at dcyf.communityengagement@dcyf.wa.gov.

The Department of Children, Youth & Families.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Great story on KING 5 on our efforts to get urgently needed supplies to child care providers across WA who are running out of essentials like toilet paper & paper towels. Please share!
https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/child-care-centers-facing-supply-shortage-washington-state/281-7af4eed6-fdc8-412e-8f1b-979f06e5f74a

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Hands-On CPR/First Aid Training Waived

Dear DCYF Licensed Programs and Partners,

In the midst of COVID-19 and in an effort to minimize the spread of the virus, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) Licensing Division Leadership made the decision to waive the hands-on component for providers or caregivers who are needing to complete or become re-certified in First Aid/CPR training.

Both child care and foster care licensing regulations are based on federal requirements and we communicated a divisional decision to them during this pandemic event. Licensing Division staff should follow their Emergency Waiver protocol in each of their programs.

All providers and caregivers needing this training will be allowed to complete an online course. Any online course that providers take during this interim must be nationally certified, such as the American Red Cross, American Heart Association or American Safety and Health Institute: 

There will be follow up with providers and caregivers to complete the hands-on component when it is safe to do so.

Foster Care Regulations to be Waived

  • WAC 110-148-1320
  • WAC 110-148-1375
  • WAC 110-148-1455

Child Care and School Age Regulations to be Waived

  • WAC 110-300-0106(12)
  • WAC 110-305-1825

Thank you for your patience during this difficult time and your diligence in ensuring the health and safety of those around you.

If you have questions, please contact your local licensing office.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

How to Talk to Children About Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Translation in different languages coming soon...

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

A message from CCA of WA to Washington Providers: 

Washington providers - we know many of you are running out of much-needed supplies. We are working to get what you need most sent to you soon. Please check your email for a personal link to our needs-assessment survey and respond as soon as possible. Family child care and school-age providers should have received their surveys late yesterday. Center providers are receiving their surveys today. Thank you!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

DCYF COVID-19 Child Care Q&A

Washington State Department of Health - New Child Care Guidance

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Child Care and Early Learning providers. Below is a letter that does a nice job of summarizing the new orders that are in effect in King County. In addition, there are other resources linked within the letter. Here is a fun and helpful link to a blog for childcare and early learning.

The Childcare Health Program
Public Health Seattle & King County

Dear Partner,

Thank you for the steps that you have taken within your organizations and with those you serve to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our region these past few weeks. These have been challenging times, but your partnership has been essential in protecting our collective well-being. Today, King County, along with the State of Washington, is taking further steps to protect lives and our community which will need everybody’s collaboration.

What orders have been made?

• On March 16, 2020, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin ordered the prohibition of all events with 50 people or more, with strict guidance for smaller events. These have been amended from last week’s orders prohibiting events with 250 people.

• The March 16th Health Order also states that the following retail establishments must close until March 31, 2020: 

  • Restaurants, bars, dance halls, clubs, theaters, health and fitness clubs, and other similar indoor social or recreational venues.
  • Restaurants and food service establishments may remain open only for drive-through, delivery, and pick up only.
  • All other retail such as groceries, pharmacies, banks, gas stations, hardware stores, shopping centers, etc. may remain open provided they meet Public Health directives in the previous Local Health Order and align with the guidance for retail businesses and service operators to protect from the spread of COVID-19.

• On March 12, Governor Inslee announced that all schools in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties will close from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, April 24. At this time, the order does not include childcare and early learning programs. With this in mind, we have created resources for childcares and families for how to care for children while school is out.

We understand that these announcements call on our whole community to think creatively about how to meet everyone’s basic needs and maintain social connections, while also minimizing the spread of disease.

Why is “social distancing” important?

Social distancing, or putting distance between yourself and others, helps reduce the spread of disease. Prohibiting events and large gatherings reduces the amount of close contact between people and reduces the chances of spreading disease. Many people who do get sick with COVID-19 will experience mild illness, but some people – particularly people over age 60 and those with underlying health conditions – may experience severe illness and require hospitalization. Taking these actions now will prevent overburdening the healthcare system so that people who need medical care can get it.

New resources:

Public Health has worked to develop guidance specific to different sectors and their needs.

Please note that many of these were developed with the original guidance for events smaller than 250 people. As of March 16, 2020, these now apply to events for fewer than 50 people.

• For childcares
• For retail businesses
• For gatherings of children and youth
• For faith-based organizations
• For small events 
• For homeless service providers

Misinformation about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to create fear and hostility that is hurting many of our communities impacted by inequities, particularly our Chinese and other Asian (and Pacific Islander) communities and unsheltered neighbors. This makes it harder to keep all of us healthy. COVID-19 does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, language, nor economic situation. King County will not tolerate hate and discrimination of any kind, and condemns the unfounded fear and hostility aimed toward our API and unsheltered communities. Let us remember that we are stronger together, particularly in slowing down the spread of COVID-19 and promoting our collective health and well-being. King County is striving to be a welcoming community for all – especially for those that face racism and xenophobia.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Information and Resources for Providers

We have gathered resources for providers to help them navigate this challenging time. These resources include information about unemployment, medical insurance and messaging about why child care programs are remaining open. You can find and share these resources on our website here and in Washington Child Care Business Edge here. You must be logged in to Edge to see the resources there. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Providers’ Frequently Asked Questions about Early Achievers data collection during COVID-19

Will Early Achievers data collection occur during this state of emergency?

There will be no Early Achievers data collection visits beginning March 17, 2020. Data collection is paused because many early learning programs are not operating as usual due to COVID-19. Programs that had an on-site evaluation in data collection window two (January 16-March 15) will have their ratings published on April 15, 2020 per the data collection schedule.

Once programming returns to typical operation, the data collection team will work with early learning programs to ensure a smooth rescheduling process. 

DCYF appreciates the important service providers offer to families in Washington during this difficult time.  During this time, rather than conducting data collection we are deploying data collectors to the field to support child care providers who may need additional staff in order to support families who must continue working during the outbreak. 

DCYF has suspended data collection due to the COVID-19 outbreak and I am in the queue for data collection. What does this mean for me?

As long as your program remains in the queue for data collection, your timeline will not be affected. When data collection resumes, sites will receive information from their Community Liaison about updates to the data collection schedule.

I accept child care subsidy. If I am unable to participate in data collection right now due to the outbreak what does that mean for my timeline? 

Providers still have the ability to request their on-site evaluation in order to meet timeline requirements. As long as your program remains in the queue for data collection, your timeline will not be affected. Once programming returns to normal, your community liaison will work with you to ensure the scheduling process is smooth.  

I was planning to request an on-site evaluation in the next few months. What is the long-term plan for data collection? 

Providers can continue to request on-site evaluation and will be placed in the queue.  We will continue to update our plans for Early Achievers as this situation unfolds. Please refer to our website
https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/coronavirus-covid-19 for updates or contact us at dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov with any questions.

 

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Emergency Child Care Waiver/Exception Request for COVID-19

Dear Child Care Providers and Partners:

We recognize that we are in an emergent situation and many folks are requesting to operate child care outside the requirements of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 110-300.

We know the services you provide to children and families every day is critical to the greater good of our community here in Washington State.

If you need to request a waiver to respond more effectively to the COVID-19 situation, please use this Emergency Child Care Waiver/Exception Request form and send it to your local DCYF Licensing Field Office to go through the approval process. This form and process is only for waivers for response to COVID-19. All other waiver requests should go through the usual channels.

Please be as specific in your request as possible – especially as you identify what rule you need waived, the need you have identified and what your plan is. DCYF is committed to processing these requests as rapidly as possible and specific information will assist us in making decisions quickly.

Thank you for all you do for our children and families.

Stay well,

Your DCYF Licensing Division Team

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

In lieu of the webinar that crashed on Friday, DCYF posted an informative YouTube Video and Q & A webpage.

You can also submit COVID-19 questions and concerns to dcyf.covid-19@dcyf.wa.gov. There should be more communication coming out from DCYF sometime this week.

Here is also some New Guidance from Public Health

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Friday, March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations - Implications for K-12 Schools and Child Care