Child Care Resources
The health and well-being of Utah’s children and families is imperative in communities across our state during this pandemic. The Utah Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Utah Child Care Licensing Program have developed a series of FAQs to keep parents, child care providers, businesses and schools informed of ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring that working parents have child care options. More information can be found below.
For the latest information about child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit jobs.utah.gov/covid19.
Visit Parent FAQs for:
Child Care Options: Options for your family including where to find child care, whether you should send your child to child care, and what to do if your child’s child care facility has closed.
Child Care Assistance (Subsidies): Eligibility requirements and information on the state’s existing child care subsidy program, including how to change providers and eligibility for part-time and full-time care.
Safety Measures: Answers to safety questions, such as:
- Can I trust emergency child care programs?
- Is the government shutting down facilities with more than 10 children?
- What practices are in place to protect the health of my child?
- Can I send my healthy children to child care if a family member is confirmed to have COVID-19?
Visit Provider FAQs for:
Safety Measures: How to maintain the health and safety of your caregivers and children, action to take if you suspect someone in your facility is sick, and what safety precautions to take to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Child Care Subsidies: Details on subsidy payments, rule enforcement, reporting procedures and business considerations during the pandemic.
Staffing: Answers to questions regarding sick employees, substitute teachers, background checks and emergency site ratios.
Visit Child Care Licensing’s website for information on the Child Care Licensing Emergency Conditions for child care providers. The notice to providers and informational webinar can be viewed on childcarelicensing.utah.gov.
Visit the CDC for:
- Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs Before and During an Outbreak
- Supplement Guidance for Child Care Programs That Remain Open
Note: The CDC guidance does not supersede state and local laws and policies for child care programs.
Visit Business FAQs for:
Establishing Temporary Child Care Services for Employees: The rules, responsibilities and laws regarding the establishment of child care services by a business, including contact information for Utah Child Care Licensing. Information is also included about health and safety requirements, available resources.
Resources for employees to Address Child Care NeedsRESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES TO ADDRESS CHILD CARE NEEDS: Information employers can pass on to employees regarding child care needs following school or child care program closures.
Recommendations From Child Care Licensing (CCL)
About Face Masks For Utah Child Care
It is important to understand that many people, including children, may have COVID-19 without showing any symptoms, and that wearing cloth face coverings reduces the chance of transmitting the virus through the spray of respiratory droplets. It is also crucial to recognize that facial expressions and lip movements during child care interactions are an important part of children’s development, so adaptations should be allowed to address children’s needs without compromising the general health of the public.Therefore, due to the serious current public health circumstances and the potential lethal consequences of COVID-19, the benefits of wearing face masks in child care have to be taken seriously.
Please know that wearing a face mask is not the only way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Small groups of children, constant hand washing, keeping physical distance when possible, proper sanitation practices, screening for symptoms, not allowing symptomatic individuals in the facility, and constant hygiene education are also essential to make sure child care facilities can continue to operate safely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have determined that the practice of “cohorting” groups of children and caregivers is a very effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in child care settings. “Cohorting” means keeping groups of children and their caregivers together throughout as much of the day as possible and not intermixing the groups. (Read more from CDC)
- Staff who have direct contact with parents or the public, such as front desk workers, should be required to wear face masks while working. Also, staff who “float” between classrooms, such as those used to give breaks to caregivers, should also be required to wear face masks.
- Every child two years old and older and each staff member should wear a face mask as they arrive to their classroom and when in public settings. They should be encouraged to wear a mask throughout the day as circumstances allow.
- Face masks should NOT be worn by children younger than two, anyone who has trouble breathing, sleeping children, and anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove a mask without assistance.
- Consider special precautions and adaptations for children and staff with severe cognitive or respiratory impairments and those who are immunocompromised.
- Face shields may be a temporary alternative for situations in which intentional facial expressions are needed to allow for developmentally appropriate communication with children. However, face shields are not a substitute for masks. Those who choose to wear a face shield should also wear a mask.
- Child care providers must be in compliance with each applicable local law and ordinance in order to remain open.