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Child Care in Phase 2


Phase 2 Reopening Guidance for Child Care Programs – June 15

UPDATED September 1, 2020


Updated Guidance for Child Care Homes and Centers –

Child care may be utilized by any family in Phase 2. All licensed child care providers may be open, provided they follow applicable DELACARE regulations as well as new OCCL/DPH guidance developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) and the Division of Public Health (DPH).

Among the requirements child care providers must follow are:

  • Adjusted group sizes
  • Screening protocols and questions
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing requirements
  • Requiring face covering for any child kindergarten and up and all staff
  • Social distancing and safety requirements

All providers must have a written plan that addresses the child care program’s prevention and response to COVID-19. You may use this sample plan to satisfy this requirement. Providers may create their own plan, but it must include the current requirements. The plan does not need to be submitted to OCCL, but it must be kept on the premises of the facility or home and made available upon request.


Child Care Information for Families

  • Families can research licensed child care programs on the OCCL website. This information includes hours of operation, Star level if applicable, and ages served.
  • Families looking for help finding a program can also visit the new My Child DE site to learn about options in their geographic area.
  • Additionally, Children & Families First (CFF) provides AccessCare, a FREE referral program to help families find licensed & legally operating child care options in Delaware. Purchase of Care (POC) participants are eligible for enhanced services, including support to find child care openings. Please call 800-734-2388 or search the childcare database at


Hybrid and Remote Learning Support for School-Age Children  [Download]

As Delawareans return to work, and many children will not be returning to regular in-person learning, some families will be unable to be home with their child during the day for remote learning. While some families have made child care plans, those still seeking care have a few options. The State is working with districts and charter schools, licensed child care providers, and other organizations to create additional school-age child care options for children 12 and under who need a place to go during the day for remote learning.

  • Licensed child care homes and centers have additional capacity to serve school-age children. You can find a site near you at this link. Families will need to contact these child care centers and homes to inquire about open seats.
  • Existing camps will be allowed to continue operations through the end of October. If a child attended a camp this summer, families may wish to contact the camp to see if it is continuing operation.
  • Licensed child care providers may operate in school buildings in partnership with schools. Families may wish to contact their child’s school or district to inquire about this option.


Additional Child Care Information for Providers

  • School-age child care overview for providers and youth camps – hybrid and remote learning support
  • Providers are required to report positive COVID cases to DPH, as well as to their families. Learn more about how to handle positive cases in the navigating COVID guidance and FAQs.
  • While the state intends to continue enhanced reimbursement and purchase of care based on enrollment (not attendance) through the end of the calendar year, the state will need to re-examine the programs monthly to make sure that conditions/restrictions on the ground have not changed and federal guidance has not changed so that the state can continue to use CRF funds.
  • Pending those requirements being met each month, the state’s intention is to continue both programs through December 2020. Centers and homes must be aware that this is not a guarantee, but is a statement of our intention with the stated caveats.
  • Additionally, per provisions in the federal CARES Act, funding cannot be used for expenses incurred after December, so child cares should start planning for enhanced reimbursement and POC based on enrollment to cease at that time.


Additional Child Care Information for Camps


Zoom Discussion: Child Care and COVID-19 in Delaware