April 16, 2021

New COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), Bureau of Certification Services, and Bureau of Early Learning Professional Development released Announcement C-20-12 Revised to provide updated interim guidance for child care facilities operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Announcement C-20-12 Revised includes new guidance on policies and procedures child care providers should implement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance also includes information on how to handle a positive COVID-19 case or exposure to a COVID-19 positive case in child care facilities. This announcement replaces C-20-12 and includes updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Included Topics

The announcement includes guidance on the following topics:

    • Reopening
    • Transmission
    • Symptoms of COVID-19
    • Practices, Policies, and Procedures for Consideration
    • Social Distancing in a Child Care Setting
    • Face Coverings
    • Dealing with Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases and Exposure to COVID-19
    • Reporting
    • Additional Resources

Child care providers must read the announcement in full and share the revisions and updates with appropriate staff. Additionally, providers must develop, communicate, and implement policies and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their facility; develop a process and procedures for timely reporting to DOH, DHS, and local health department; develop a procedure for notifying staff and parents of positive cases in their facility; and become familiar with CDC guidance.

More Infomation

For more information, view the full announcement. To assist child care providers, the CDC released Toolkits for Child Care Programs. The Toolkits include vaccine resources, planning documents, tools, posters, fact sheets, videos, PSAs, and more.

Image: An early childhood professional sits on the floor, supervising two toddlers who are playing with several types of colorful toys.