COVID-19 Resources for Child Care Providers

Coronavirus Response Resources for Child Care Providers

Thank you!

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.

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Stories from Child Care Providers Adapting to COVID-19

Listen to voices of child care providers adapting to the challenges of COVID-19.

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Provider Resource Webinar

Watch a recorded webinar on resources available to child care providers.

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Child Care Provider Survey

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.

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Health and Safety

Free / Discount Face Masks

Additional Resources from Child Care Aware:

State Health Departments

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Phone: 573-751-6400
COVID-19 Virtual Assistant
COVID-19 Hotline: 877-435-8411

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Phone: (785) 296-1500
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Hotline: 877-427-7317

Local Health Departments

Cass County, MO

Clay County, MO

Jackson County, MO
COVID-19 Hotline: 877-435-8411

Johnson County, KS.
COVID-19 Hotline: 913-715-2819 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday

Kansas City, MO
Text COVIDKC to 888777 for updates

Leavenworth County, KS

Miami County, KS

Platte County, MO

Ray County, MO

Wyandotte County, KS
COVID-19 information for Wyandotte County

Financial Relief

Closures and Layoffs

Resources and Information for Missouri Providers

Resources and Information for Kansas Providers

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.

Mask Best Practices

Mask Mandates

Kansas City, MO

Beginning Monday, June 29, all Kansas Citians must wear a face covering or mask while indoors in an area of public accommodation.

  • Education, youth activities, and childcare should be carried out in stable groups, preferably with 10 or fewer (“stable” means that the same 10 or fewer children are in the same group each day);
  • Children should not change from one group to another;
  • If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group should be in a separate room. Groups should not mix with each other;
  • Childcare providers should remain solely with one group of children;
  • Youth activities shall endeavor to maintain social distancing between and among staff and youth to the extent feasible.
  • View the full mandate here.

Kansas State Mandate

  • Beginning Friday, July 3 all Kansans must wear a face covering or mask while indoors in an area of public accommodation.
  • View the entire mandate here.

Wyandotte County

  • 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.

Guidance for Operating in Missouri

Kansas City, MO

  • New: Guidance for child care providers from the Kansas City Health Department can be found here.

Missouri Department of Health and Human Services

County Re-opening Information

Cass County, MO

Clay County, MO

In Clay County, the stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 3. A phased-in approach to reopen plan is being developed and will be released soon. Updates can be found here.

Platte County, MO

Jackson County, MO

Jackson County’s Recovery Plan can be found online by visiting and www.jacohd.orgResidents and businesses with questions should call (816) 404-9883 or email


Guidance for Operating in Kansas

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

County Operations Guidance

Johnson County

Wyandotte County

Leavenworth County

Regulatory Changes

Regulatory Changes for Missouri Providers

  • You learn about regulatory changes in Missouri here.

Regulatory Changes for Kansas Providers

  • You learn about regulatory changes in Kansas here.