Working during COVID-19

Child care health and safety during COVID-19

Parents who send their children to group child care may have questions about how centers are addressing health and safety during COVID-19. The Washington Department of Health and local public health agencies, including Public Health – Seattle & King County, have provided child care guidelines for keeping children and employees safe.

Child Care Aware has developed a short checklist of information about health and safety measures child care programs may take curing COVID-19 that encourages parents to talk with providers about how they are implementing recommendations like these:

  • Drop-off and pick-up procedures to enforce social distancing.
  • Daily health screenings for children and center employees.
  • Decreasing group sizes and practices to reduce or eliminate interactions between groups/classrooms.
  • Increasing activities, including increased outdoor time, to help with social distancing.
  • Removing play items that can’t be disinfected easily.
  • Changing meal and snack routines to help with social distancing.
  • Personal hygiene and center cleaning practices.
  • Procedures if someone in the child care is exposed to COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for the virus.

Public health guidance may change as experts learn more about COVID-19 and when Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation expires. This site will maintain links to the most recent information from public health authorities to help employee parents stay up-to-date and talk with their child care provider about health and safety.