We know this is a challenging and uncertain time, and we’re thankful for the essential public service you’re providing. If you are facing challenges and are in need of support, please see our list of resources below. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if we can be of assistance.
Mask Mandate and Exposure Protocol Webinar
We recently hosted a webinar exploring mask mandates and Covid-19 exposure protocols for child care providers.
If you are in need of resources for your child care business, please complete the following survey to help our community partners better understand your needs and connect you to local resources that can support you! This information is being collected on behalf of The Family Conservancy, in conjunction with KC Metro’s Community Collaboration and Response to COVID-19 taskforce.
KDHE is recommending continuity of operations for child care at this time. However, local public health officers may implement more restrictive guidance and provisions for child care facilities, up to and including closure, within their jurisdiction. KDHE encourages providers to be in close communication with their local public health department as situations regarding COVID-19 are changing frequently. KDHE will communicate updates should our recommendations change. In the absence of a recommendation from state or county public health officers, child care licensees may independently decide to temporarily close based on their own unique situation.
Masks are required for anyone in the building 5 years of age and older. This would include providers, parents, and children who are 5 years of age or older.
For children over the age of 2 and under the age of 5, masks are recommended with help from an adult. Children 2 and younger should not wear a mask due to the risk of suffocation.
Children do not need to wear a mask during nap time but nap cots should be placed in a way that at least 6 feet of space is maintained between the heads of napping children.
Children and providers can remove masks during meals and snacks, but again, every effort should be made to assure there is at least 6 feet of space during these activities.
Masks should be worn in any indoor spaces including hallways and bathrooms.
When outdoors, masks should be worn if 6 feet of space cannot be maintained between kids and/or providers. If space can be maintained then they can remove masks but depending on the age of the child, they may not understand social distancing and therefore masks should be worn.
Reopening / Operation Guidance
Preparedness and Planning for Child Care Providers: This guide will help programs assess their ability to reopen during the first phase of local and state governments lifting stay-at-home orders. During this stressful and unprecedented time, this guide is meant to provide a road map for child care programs as you work to make critical decisions.