Phase 2 Reopening Guidance for Child Care Programs – June 15
In Phase 2, all Delaware families are eligible to access child care. All licensed child care providers can reopen in Phase 2, provided they follow applicable DELACARE regulations as well as additional health and safety requirements developed by the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health. Child care providers who wish to reopen on or after June 15 do not need to be designated as an Emergency Child Care Site.
The requirements child care providers must follow in Phase 2 include:
- Maximum group size information
- Screening protocol and questions
- Cleaning and sanitizing requirements including suspending use of sand and water play
- Cloth face covering guidance and usage
- Social distancing and safety requirements
Additionally, all providers must have a written plan that addresses the child care program’s prevention and response to COVID-19. DSCYF has developed sample plan (COVID-19 Child Care Plan Template- Click here) that providers may utilize to satisfy this requirement. This plan includes the Phase 2 requirements developed by OCCL and the Division of Public Health and other practices recommended by public health officials.
Providers can create their own plan but it must include the Phase 2 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.
Information for Families
As of June 15, all Delaware families are eligible to access child care. The temporary enrollment forms to enroll children in emergency child care are no longer necessary.
Families can research child care programs on the Office of Child Care Licensing website.
Zoom Discussion: Child Care and COVID-19 in Delaware