August 15, 2022

Updated COVID-19 Operation Guidance for ECE Programs

On August 11, 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated information on COVID-19 operational guidance for Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs.


The updated Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning includes the following changes:

  • removal of the recommendation to cohort
  • the recommendation to conduct screening testing now focuses on high-risk activities during high COVID-19 Community Level or in response to an outbreak
  • removal of the recommendation to quarantine, except in high-risk congregate settings
  • removal about “test to stay” information
  • added detailed information on when to wear a mask, managing cases and exposures, and responding to outbreaks

This guidance can help ECE program administrators support safe, in-person learning and keep programs open, while managing the spread of COVID-19.

Based on the COVID-19 Community Levels, this guidance provides flexibility so schools and ECE programs can adapt to changing local situations, including periods of increased community health impacts from COVID-19.