Statements from State leaders and Mary Sonnenberg, President of the Partnership for Children

For a complete list of COVID-19 State Resources, please refer to the Corona Update page our friends at Mecklenberg Partnership for Children have created.

Hello NC Pre-K Directors,

You have received several notices from DCDEE this week regarding application to stay open or re-open as well as payment for April and May. With the Governor’s Executive Order to close schools through May 15 and the Stay at Home order through April 29, Cumberland County’s NC Pre-K classrooms will continue to remain closed for all providers.

The state will continue payment, whether you are closed or open, and the expectation remains that you will pay your teachers.

DCDEE indicated that there would be further guidance on maintaining contact with families and children remotely. Many of you have already been doing this based on conversations we’ve had. Be thinking creatively about how you can offer support to your families.

I know many of you are wrestling with the decision of whether to apply to stay open or re-open. Your licensing consultants are there to guide you through this process.

We will hold a virtual meeting via Zoom with NC Pre-K Directors this Thursday, April 2nd at noon. We want to stay in contact as we continue to get guidance as we all move forward. This will also be an opportunity to share ideas on how to stay in contact with the children we serve. The meeting instructions are below along with a link to a tutorial video for Zoom.

We will continue to update our website with additional resources throughout this crisis. Our staff continues to be available through email or voice mail.

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Apr 2, 2020 12:00 PM 
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Dear Child Care Provider,

 

Thank you for supporting our state and families by providing critical child care during the COVID-19 crisis. We know you are concerned about ensuring a healthy workplace for staff and safe, reliable care for children. We also know you need financial support to be able to remain open to support other critical workers who are working to keep our communities safe.

 

The attached guidance provides you with the following information:

  • Financial Assistance for Child Care Facilities and Critical Workers

Thank you,

Kristi Snuggs

Interim Director

Division of Child Development and Early Education

Dear Child Care Providers:

 

Yesterday, the Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) sent updated  health and operational guidance with a request to take action on several items, including:

  • Using this web-based form to update your open/closed status, vacancies, staffing, and needed resources.
  • Preparing to receive an application from DCDEE that you will need to complete in order to remain open, attesting to your capacity to follow the health and operational procedures during this emergency period.  Expect to receive that application by no later than Wednesday, March 25th.

This message offers important resources for continuing to operate and serving those working to keep communities safe and healthy as the state respond to COVID-19.

 

Help Finding Supplies, Food or Other Needed Resources

DCDEE has heard that it is difficult to find critical supplies for your programs. DCDEE wants to leverage the trusted relationships between child care providers and local Smart Start partnerships (Local Partnerships). DCDEE acknowledges that communities have come together and organized in unique ways to respond to COVID-19, and that Local Partnerships often have a pulse on the community and what resources are available. The statewide Smart Start Network has stepped up to help.

 

The local Smart Start partnership serving your county will act as a liaison between child care providers who are troubleshooting problems (e.g., finding food, cleaning supplies) and local resources to help meet needs, including the County Emergency Management.

  • Please follow this process when you, as a child care provider, are having trouble accessing food, cleaning supplies, or other essential resources needed to provide care during this pandemic. Reach out to your Local Partnership, and someone will connect you with the appropriate resources and act as an advocate on your behalf. If, for any reason, your Local Partnership is not able to connect you to available resources in the community, they will communicate with the County Emergency Management.
    • Note: If you have directly contacted County Emergency Management for support with resources in the past, going forward please contact your Local Partnership first to get connected with appropriate resources.
  • If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Safiyah Jackson (sjackson@smartstart.org) at the North Carolina Partnership for Children.

Help Connecting Families to Child Care Options

A new toll-free number, 1-888-600-1685, offered through the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network will connect families to available care options. The toll-free line will indicate that we are prioritizing referrals for critical workers and priority groups, which includes emergency and first responders, hospital staff, front-line healthcare providers, nursing and adult group home staff, child care program staff, food service staff and others working to keep our communities safe and healthy as we respond to COVID-19. Care for children who are receiving child welfare services, homeless, or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements should also be a priority.

 

Help with Health or Subsidy Issues

As a reminder, if you have health-related questions or concerns, every child care program now has access to a child care health consultant who is standing by to take your health calls and emails.

If there are questions about child care subsidy, please continue to call DCDEE at 1-800-859-0829 or 919-814-6300.

 

Many thanks to the Smart Start Network of Local Partnerships and the Child Care Resource and Referral Network for partnering to provide these important resources as we all work together to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.   

The NC Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) has several updates to share on North Carolina's response to COVID-19. Below is a list of highlights. Please be sure to check the latest update page and review the information provided on ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

1.  Governor Cooper Issues a New Executive Order.

2.  CDC Updates List of Who is High Risk

3.  Secretary Cohen Calls for Health Care Volunteers

4.  NC Pushes for Federal Changes to Make Food, Healthcare More Accessible

5.  Hospitals Urged to Cancel Elective and Non-urgent Procedures and Surgeries

6.  Medicaid Changes Policies to Encourage Telemedicine

Governor Cooper Issues a New Executive Order

Governor Roy Cooper ordered tighter limits on gatherings and extended school closures statewide through May 15, 2020. The order also closed businesses that require close social interaction and limited visitors to long-term care centers. The Executive Order bans gatherings of more than 50 people.

Grocery stores and restaurants providing takeout and delivery will remain open. Additionally, Governor Cooper reminded North Carolinians to show restraint in buying groceries and supplies.

The May 15 school closure date is based on current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC Updates List of Who is High Risk

On March 22, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated who is at high-risk for more severe illness from COVID-19. This is a new disease and we continue to learn about it as new information becomes available.

Secretary Cohen Calls for Health Care Volunteers

With COVID-19 in North Carolina, there is a need to bolster the state's health care system to ensure it can care for those impacted by the virus. A crucial part of that effort is recruiting volunteers to supplement the health care workforce - including doctors and nurses, pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care, and facility maintenance and administrative support workers and others. North Carolina is also asking volunteers to provide medical supplies if they are able, including personal protective equipment.

NC Pushes for Federal Changes to Make Food, Healthcare More Accessible

Governor Cooper has asked for waivers so children and families who are food insecure can access resources for meals.  He also asked the federal government to waive certain requirements of the Medicaid program to help pay for care that may extend longer than usual during the crisis. Waivers are intended to reduce burden on Medicaid and NC Health Choice providers such as doctors and hospitals as well as beneficiaries

Hospitals Urged to Cancel Elective and Non-urgent Procedures and Surgeries

Effective March 23, 2020, as part of a unified response, Secretary Cohen requested all hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers suspend all elective and non-urgent procedures and surgeries. Elective and non-urgent procedures and surgeries are defined as any procedure or surgery that, if not done within the next 4 weeks, would not cause harm to the patient.

Medicaid Changes Policies to Encourage Telemedicine

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Medicaid temporarily modified its Telemedicine and Telepsychiatry Clinical Coverage Policies to better enable the delivery of remote care to Medicaid beneficiaries. In addition to telephone conversations and secure electronic messaging, the modifications will include the use of two-way real-time interactive audio and video to provide and support physical and behavioral health care when participants are in different physical locations.

Thank you for all that you are doing for the children and families in North Carolina!

Dear Child Care Providers,

Please see the guidance document for important COVID-19 related guidance and request for actions that we are asking you to take if your program remains open or chooses to reopen.

This guidance contains three important sections.

  1. Updated health guidance

This includes information about a forthcoming application indicating your ability to adhere to the updated health guidance and other operational policies, if you choose remain open during the health emergency. You will receive the application by Wednesday, March 25th, and we ask that you complete the application by March 31st.

  1. Vacancy and closure reporting

This includes a link to an online form to report your current service status, attendance, available slots, and staffing resources. We ask that you begin submitting this form on a daily basis starting tomorrow, March 24th.

  1. Ensuring critical workers have access to child care

This includes information about the new toll-free number which will connect families to available care options based on the daily vacancy reporting that you provide.

Additional information regarding financial supports is forthcoming. If you have any questions about any of this information, please contact your child care consultant.

We know this is a challenging time for all of you, and sincerely appreciate all you do on behalf of the children and families you serve. Please make sure you are taking care of yourselves and your families during this time.

Best,

Dr. Kristi L. Snuggs

Interim Director

We hope you are well and we thank you for your patience as we all navigate this unprecedented time together.

As promised, we are monitoring state directives and guidance closely and wanted to share out some information.

On Monday, March 16, 2020, an email from DCDEE informing you that DCDEE will pay all NC Pre-K programs for the entire month of March, regardless of child attendance or closure. Since that notice went out, we and DCDEE have received emails and calls with additional questions regarding March payments.  We and DCDEE have also heard from teachers who are concerned (and in some cases, being told) that they will not get paid while their NC Pre-K program is closed.  Therefore, DCDEE has addressed some of the concerns as well as clarify any questions you may have (The following was received directly from DCDEE this afternoon):

-        Programs will receive full payments for March based on the number of children enrolled.
-        Vacancies are not paid any other time and this month is no exception.
-        Teachers should still receive their compensation that NC Pre-K funds pay for, regardless of whether or not a program has decided to close.
·         NC Pre-K rates are paid based on each teacher’s license.  It is their license that determines the rate you receive.
·         This also applies to those who have requested and received rate exceptions in the past for the purpose of ensuring teachers are adequately compensated.
·         Please refer to Section 6: NC Pre-K Staff of the NC Pre-K Program Requirements & Guidance manual for further guidance regarding teacher compensation and classroom reimbursement rates
·         Contractors and Providers are still bound to use NC Pre-K funds in allowable ways only
o   You may refer to the NC Pre-K Fiscal Manual (Section 3 B) for guidance regarding NC Pre-K funds
o   Direct services funds should be spent on NC Pre-K services which includes salary/benefits for teaching staff

DCDEE reiterated that they are doing their part to ensure payments are made to us. We, in turn, will work as hard as we can to ensure we get your payments to you as timely as possible.

They have also asked us to please share this information with you, our NC Pre-K Providers, so that you know to communicate this message with their staff. It is equally important to DCDEE and us that our teachers feel supported and receive answers to the questions they have regarding their pay during this challenging time.

In addition, DCDEE has no immediate plans beyond March.

DCDEE indicated that you may have questions in regards to the Governor's announcement about closing all NC Public Schools through at least May 15th. As decisions are made around school closures, DCDEE will issue further guidance once they have all of the information and approvals they need to move forward. Their goal is to support us, the contractor and you, the program providers through this difficult time.

Yesterday, North Carolina announced its first documented case of community spread, meaning the person infected did not have contact with someone who had tested positive or traveled to a highly impacted area.  Confirmed community spread signals a need to further accelerate the next phase of the work.

 

North Carolina has already been taking actions as if community spread had occurred to get ahead of the virus.  With the goal of flattening the curve, Governor Roy Cooper has taken aggressive actions by limiting large gatherings and closing restaurants and bars.  The idea is to lessen the number of people who get sick at the same time and avoid overwhelming the state's hospitals and health care system.  As this next phase begins, North Carolina needs to continue to reduce the chances for further spread and exposure and protect our healthcare system, so it is there when needed.

 

North Carolina wants to reduce the chances that people will be exposed to the virus or expose others so other surveillance methods will begin to be deployed to understand the spread of the virus and drive the decision-making.

 

Protecting the state's health care workforce and making sure they have the protective equipment they need is paramount.  As licensed child care providers, the state needs you to be there for the children of the health care workforce, emergency responders, and others who are on the front line of this crisis.

 

The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) knows this a challenging time and wants to be supportive by providing the most current and up-to-date guidance.  NC DHHS recommends that child care facilities:

  • Cancel or reduce large events and gatherings, such as assemblies and field trips.
  • Limit inter-school interactions.
  • Consider dismissals if staff or absenteeism impacts the ability to remain open. Short-term closures may also be necessary to facilitate public health investigation and/or cleaning if a case is diagnosed in a child or staff member.
  • Follow the guidance for child care settings.

Child care settings should also:

  • Take precautions to protect children and staff from the spread of respiratory illnesses.
  • Review absenteeism policies and procedures to make sure children and staff are not being encouraged to attend or work if they are sick.
  • Establish a relationship with the local health department and communicate with them if there are any questions or concerns about COVID-19.
  • Remind staff and the children's guardians that an annual flu shot is an important way to support overall health. While the flu shot does not protect against COVID-19, it is the best defense against the flu, which is a common respiratory illness.
  • Make sure to get reliable information. Be thoughtful about any information received on the virus and take steps to separate rumor from fact before forwarding information on to staff and children. All North Carolinians can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting up-to-date information directly from reliable sources like NC DHHS and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Finally, here are several resources to assist in the navigation of these challenging times.

  • NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina is now available for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus
  • COVID-19 text information and updates are available. To sign up, text COVIDNC to 898211.
  • The NC DHHS website publishes regular updates, including new guidance that is developed, information about Executive Orders, and other important information.
  • The DCDEE website publishes regular updates, including new guidance specific to child care facilities, as well as provide parents and educators with COVID-19 virus guidance and home learning resources.

Thank you again for supporting North Carolina and its families by providing vital care and services.

Dear Early Childhood Partners:

 

First, thank you so much for the important work you are doing during this time of crisis. We understand that during this rapidly changing time, many partners and advocates have questions about how the Governor’s executive order on school closures will impact families with young children, and how the State is responding to ensure that children and families are supported while schools are closed.

 

We want provide you with a brief update about some of the work underway to ensure families have access to child care, access to nutritious food, and access to remote learning:

  • On Saturday, March 14th the Governor appointed an Education and Nutrition Working Group to develop a plan to ensure that children and families are supported while schools are closed. The working group is focused on issues such as (but not limited to) nutrition, health, child care access for critical health care and other front-line workers and learning support for children at home. The Working Group is co-chaired by Susan Gale Perry, Chief Deputy Secretary of NC DHHS and David Stegall, Ed.D, Deputy State Superintendent of Innovation at DPI, and will have representatives from DPI, NC DHHS, the State Board of Education, as well as other education, nutrition and childcare associations.
  • Access to Safe, Affordable Child Care
  • DHHS sent a letter to child care providers (attached) about the decision to stay open or close down, and guidance for those facilities that do stay open.
  • DCDEE released guidance on public health information for child care providers about when someone is sick, screening criteria, exclusion criteria, cleaning, helping the community, limiting exposure, and preparedness.
  • DCDEE released guidanceto child care providers on subsidy and pre-K payments, stating that for the month of March, 1) child care centers will receive full subsidy payment for each child enrolled in their facility according to each child’s plan of care, and 2) NC Pre-K programs will be paid in full for March, regardless of child attendance or closure.
  • DHHS and DPI released joint guidancefor the operation of school-based emergency child care during the COVID-19 school closure.
  • DCDEE released guidanceon the need to maintain compliance with all child care rules to the extent possible, while also providing flexibilities to child care providers around staff/child ratios, group size, training requirements, records, activity areas, and nutritional standards.
  • On March 19th, NC set up a toll-free number for families to call and find out which child care providers are open. We are prioritizing communicating the 1-800 line to healthcare providers and other essential workers.
  • Access to Nutritious Food
  • USDA has approved multiple waivers for NC to provide food to children through the Summer Food Programs in non-congregate settings, which enables meal delivery. As of March 19, 2020, all 115 public school districts, 3 federal schools, 33 charter schools, and 35 community partners (e.g., food banks, Feeding America, large faith-based entities) have approved plans to serve meals to children. School districts have flexibility on how to distribute food and have implemented a variety of innovative methods for meal pick-up/delivery (e.g., yellow school bus delivery, grab-and-go meals, drive-by pickup). Most sites began serving meals on Monday, March 16th (averaging 250,000 meals per day).
  • DHHS and DPI are seeking multiple additional waivers and flexibilities to maximize federal programs (e.g., WIC, CACFP, SNAP, and school nutrition programs) to increase access to food for families and children.
  • DHHS and DPI are providing regular guidance and technical assistance to schools and community food sponsors.
  • DPI is continuing to coordinate Nutrition Hubs at schools, connecting schools and community organizations with school meals with food packages for households.
  • DHHS and DPI are soliciting feedback from schools, child care providers, and others to identify possible underserved communities in order to better deploy food assistance.
  • CDSAGuidance
  • As of March 18, 2020, the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) is suspending face-to-face services until March 30, 2020, unless extended beyond that date.  The program will be providing alternate methods to ensure the best support for our families during this difficult time and ensure service continuity.
  • Access to Remote Learning 
  • NC DPI has launched a COVID-19 Response & Resources webpage with a robust set of resources for educators and families.
  • NC DPI has published resources for parents to support learning for children birth to grade 2.
  • NC DPI is working with internet service providers who are offering free and affordable options for high-speed internet while schools are closed. NC DPI has launched an interactive map for families to find free and affordable internet service offerings across the state.
  • NC DPI is partnering with The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation to provide instructional support.

 

This work is evolving quickly and we are committed to keeping you updated and to ensuring children and families are supported. We will continue to pursue every opportunity to support child care programs and schools with good health and safety guidance, financial stability, and flexibilities during this time. DHHS has developed a COVID-19 website with a robust set of resources related to the coronavirus. We will be posting updates on our DHHS website. If you have any questions, please reach out to Hayley Young at hayley.young@dhhs.nc.gov or (803) 413-4694.

 

Best,

 

Susan Gale Perry

 

 

Susan Gale Perry

Chief Deputy Secretary

NC Department of Health and Human Services

The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) appreciates all the hard work and continued sacrifices that NC's child care facilities have made during the COVID-19 outbreak to serve families, fuel the state's economy, and protect the state and nation's security.

With the closure of North Carolina's public schools, DCDEE knows the demand on the state's licensed child care facilities is elevated. In order to provide relief and flexibility to child care facilities serving families, DCDEE has been actively working to identify policy and regulatory requirements that can be temporarily waived, while still ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of children.

While DCDEE asks that facilities attempt to continue to maintain compliance with all child care rules to the extent possible, the ones included in the enclosed chart have been identified to provide flexibility to centers during this time of crisis. DCDEE will continue to evaluate and determine if there is a need to include additional regulatory flexibility as the situation progresses.

Additionally, during this time, all monitoring visits and environment rating scale assessments will not take place. This temporary change does not include investigations of complaints and investigations of child maltreatment. Other flexibilities include areas such as Staff/Child Ratios and Group Size, Training Requirements, Record Retention, Activity Areas, and Nutritional Standards. Be assured that a child care facility's star rating will not be impacted if a facility temporarily utilizes these flexibilities. A NC Pre-K classroom that discontinues operation as an NC Pre-K classroom will need to operate according to the regular child care licensing standards identified in the attached chart.

Thank you for supporting North Carolina and its families by providing vital care and services.

RULE TOPIC  EMERGENCY DESCRIPTION  REGULATION
Inspections of Child Care Facilities The Division will not be conducting visits and inspections other than in response to a complaint or investigation of child maltreatment. 10A NCAC 09 .0201
On-Going Requirements for a License The Division will not enforce required inspections under (a) and (b) to the extent such inspections cannot take place due to COVID-19. 10A NCAC 09 .0304(a) and (b)
Activity Schedules and Plans Temporarily allow flexibility to child care facilities for the completion and posting of activity schedules and plans. 10A NCAC 09 .0508
Activity Areas Allow flexibility in the requirements for activity areas and focus on providing age appropriate activities for children in care. Temporarily may allow up to 2 hours of screen time per day for children three years old and older. 10A NCAC 09 .0510
Staff Qualifications If child care facilities are required to add new staff, the Medical Report and Tuberculin (TB) Test Requirements may be temporarily waived to allow staff to begin work, provided they are not symptomatic and all requirements can be completed within 60 days. 10A NCAC 09 .0701(a)
Staff Qualifications Temporarily waiving the requirements to maintain certain information in an individual's staff record. 10A NCAC 09 .0703(c), (d)
Staff/Child Ratio and Group Size Temporary allowance for all child care facility programs, regardless of star-rating, to operate using the minimum allowable staff/child ratios and group sizes.

Temporarily allow increasing the maximum group size provided the staff/child ratios are maintained for the youngest child in the group, not to exceed two groupings of children. Must adhere to the CDC Guidance of not gathering more than 50 people in a single space.

10A NCAC 09 .0713(a).
Nutritional Requirements Temporarily waive the requirements to provide additional food to meet the USDA Meal Patterns for Child Care requirements when meals/snacks are brought from home. 10A NCAC 09 .0901
Staff Orientation Temporarily waive/suspend the time frame for staff to complete orientation.  Some staff may have just been hired and it may be a hardship for programs to get these orientation hours completed within the required time frames. 10A NCAC 09 1101(a)
Training Requirements Provide an additional six months for administrators and any child care provider to complete CPR, FA and ITS-SIDS training.  This change is allowed as long as one child care provider who has completed the CPR, FA training is present while children are in care, and as long as one child care provider in the infant room who has completed the ITS-SIDS training is present while infants are in care. 10A NCAC 09 .1102
Indoor/Outdoor Space Temporary allowance for child care facilities to exceed current indoor and outdoor space capacity requirements. 10A NCAC 09 1401(a), (f)

10A NCAC 1402(b)

10A NCAC 09 .2504

Family Child Care Home - Nutrition Standards Temporarily waive compliance with Meal Pattern requirements if availability and access to food components is impacted due to COVID-19, including if a parent brings in their own food for meals and snacks. 10A NCAC 09 .1706
Family Child Care Home - Inspections Temporarily waive requirement for announced or unannounced visits other than in response to a complaint or investigation of child maltreatment. 10A NCAC 09 .1709
Family Child Care Home - Daily Operations Temporarily allow flexibly to child care facilities for the completion and posting of activity schedules and plans. Temporarily allow up to 2 hours of screen time per day, and unlimited usage time periods when working on school assignments. 10A NCAC 09 .1718(a)(6), (b)
Family Child Care Home - Records Temporarily waive the requirement that the Child's Health Assessment and Child Immunization Record be included in the Child's Record within the first 30 days of enrollment. These records should be provided within 60 days. 10A NCAC 09 .1721(a)(1),(2)
Record Retention Temporarily waive the requirement that the Child Medical Report and Child Immunization Record be included in the Child's Record within the first 30 days of enrollment. These records should be provided within 60 days. 10A NCAC 09 .2318(6)
School-Age Children - Age Appropriate Activities Continue focusing on providing age appropriate activities daily. Temporarily may allow up to 2 hours of screen time per day, and unlimited usage time periods when working on school assignments. Make rest areas available if a child wants to rest, but not required due to space and number of cots/mats available. 10A NCAC 09 .2508
Star Rating The Division will not be conducting announced or unannounced visits to assess compliance for star-rating. 10A NCAC 09 .2830
NC Pre-K Attendance Temporarily waive the requirement to contact parents for more than three consecutive absences when such absences are related to COVID-19. 10A NCAC 09 .3003
NC Pre-K Child Health Assessment Temporarily extend the 30-day requirement for completion of the health assessment to 60 days. 10A NCAC 09 .3005

Hi All,
I know that these continue to be trying times as we navigate COVID-19. DCDEE and DHHS have sent out guidance regarding payment for Subsidy and NC Pre-K as well as health considerations should you remain open.

The guidance that has come from DCDEE and Susan Perry from DHHS indicate that it the choice of the child care program to be open or to close. There is nothing preventing you from serving your NC Pre-K students through your wrap-around program while the NC Pre-K program is closed. That is your program’s decision.

DCDEE is reimbursing your programs for NC Pre-K services for the month of March, regardless of child attendance or closure. As a result, it is our expectation that you pay your NC Pre-K teachers during this closure.

Things are evolving on a daily basis. As we receive additional information, we will communicate accordingly. DCDEE is sending out information directly to providers and this is your first and most accurate source of information. We will continue to coordinate and collaborate with our state partners and DCDEE Child Care Consultants.

In these unprecedented times, we know child care providers and partners are worried about providing a healthy workplace for yourself and your staff and safe, reliable care for the children you serve. We also know you may need to make difficult choices about whether to stay open or to temporarily close, and we know you do not make this decision lightly.

 

DHHS and DCDEE are working daily to ensure you have the information you need to keep yourself and your families healthy - both your own and the families for which you provide care.

 

This is the first of many communications you will receive from DCDEE. We want to start with health guidance first. We also want to provide you with access to trusted resources you can connect with if you have additional questions.

 

We hope you'll partner with us by:

 

Connecting with all available consultants

  • Your DCDEE Child Care Consultant will be checking in with you by phone on a consistent basis to answer questions and provide support.

In addition, please read the provided detailed guidance intended to help child care facilities make informed decisions about COVID-19 and minimize the risk of exposure to both the staff and the children in their care.

 

Thank you for supporting our state and its families by providing vital care and services.

While we are still awaiting guidance from the state, please enter all of your attendance up to this point. 

The Governor issued an Executive Order today closing all public schools for at least two weeks, effective March 16. As a result, all NC Pre-K Classrooms in our county will be closed including private sites and public schools. We do not want any discrepancy between private sites and public school in regards to this situation. Because this is a state-funded program, I am asking that you follow the Public Schools closings for your NC Pre-K Classrooms only.