June 28, 2021

OCDEL Releases Child Care Best Practices for COVID-19 Operations

A new announcement from the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Early Learning Policy and Professional Development, and Bureau of Certification provides best practices for operating a certified child care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Care Best Practices During COVID-19

The announcement clarifies ongoing requirements and recommendations, including information on:

    • dealing with confirmed cases and exposure to COVID-19,
    • returning to care,
    • reporting,
    • health and safety plans,
    • technical assistance availability,
    • next steps, and
    • additional resources.

Why does it matter?

Children under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. To protect the health and safety of children in their care, child care providers are urged to stay up to date on the most recent CDC Guidance for Operating Child Care.

View the Full Announcement

For more information, see Announcement C-21-04, Best Practices for Child Care Facilities Operating During the Novel Coronavirus.

Image: A young child sits at a desk as an early learning professional bends over to help them with a project.