Health and Safety for Your Child During the Pandemic

Ask your child care program about their COVID-19 preparedness plan.

Beginning June 29, 2020, licensed child care programs are required to develop and carry out COVID-19 preparedness plans using guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parents are encouraged to ask to see the plan and discuss it with program staff.

The plan is required to have the following parts:

  • Policies to make sure sick staff stay home
  • Handwashing and face covering guidelines
  • Cleaning and disinfecting rules
  • Plans for social distancing
  • Procedures for playground use
  • Procedures for meals and snacks
  • Procedures for field trips and events
  • Adequate ventilation
  • Communications and training for staff.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance for child care programs that remain open on its website. These guidelines can help parents assess what child care programs are doing to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

As parents, you can help by keeping children home from child care if they are sick, or if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19. You can also encourage practices like social distancing (keeping six feet apart from other people), careful handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and covering coughs and sneezes.

The CDC has additional guidance available on its website on how to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in young children and tips for talking with children to help them feel safe.

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