Program Operations During COVID-19

Running your program

Read OEC’s Guides for Providers During COVID-19
OEC has developed a series comprehensive guides for child care providers specifically for:

  • Child care centers and group child care homes
  • Family child care homes
  • In-person Birth to Three and Home Visiting

See the OEC guides for providers.

Read OEC’s memos about COVID-19
They include all of the temporary changes we’ve made to standards and regulations. Explore the memos page or check out recent updates.

Follow guidelines on reporting cases of COVID-19
In February 2020, COVID-19 was added to the List of Reportable Diseases. Those required to report such diseases must report cases of COVID-19 infection immediately to both the:

  • DPH Epidemiology and Emerging Infection Program at 860-509-7994 (or 860-509-8000 after-hours and weekends)
  • Local department of health in the town of residence of the case-patient

Reporting must happen on the day of recognition or strong suspicion of the disease.

Get guidance on opening youth camps
The State of Connecticut has a presentation with helpful guidance on how to keep children and staff safe. Learn about topics such as:

  • Health screenings
  • Using face masks
  • Distancing
  • Reporting cases
  • Cleaning
  • Transportation

Financial resources and programs

Small business assistance

  • The state’s COVID-19 business resources page is updated regularly to reflect federal and state resources to support small business.
  • Small businesses can also get help from the Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC). To get free counseling, contact WBDC. You can also see a list of potential funding opportunities on their website — along with links to worksheets to help you with key documents required for filing application.

Many programs will have multiple phases of support. If you were not able to access one opportunity, be prepared for when they reopen and or other opportunities might become available.

CTCARES programs

In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) created a series of new, short-term CTCARES programs. Several are designed to support child care businesses.

  • CTCARES for Child Care Businesses offers a “care package” to child care providers — a variety of subsidies, trainings, and other opportunities. Learn about CTCARES for Child Care.
  • CTCARES for Family Child Care offers licensed family child care providers access to supports during COVID-19. Our goal is to help your program succeed so you can continue to do your vital work. Learn about CTCARES for Family Child Care.

Support and guidance

Talk to an expert at ECCP

The Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP) is offering child care providers (and families) free consultations during COVID-19. Get guidance on topics like:

Challenges you’re facing during the emergency
Resources to help support your program
Helping children with emotional, social, or behavioral issues
Dealing with problems in the classroom

Remember that this is a resource you can also share with parents who could benefit from a consult. To find a consultant in your town, take a look at the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership section on the ECCP website.

Take care of yourself

When times are stressful, it’s important for those who work with children and families to take steps to stay mentally and physically healthy. The Center for Early Childhood Education at Eastern Connecticut State University has developed a campaign to help. Explore their resources and watch the video below.

The Importance of Self-Care for Early Care and Education Professionals

Get answers to your questions

Our frequently asked questions (FAQ) pages have detailed answers to questions from providers and parents about the impact of COVID-19 on child care programs, youth camps, state-funded programs, and more. Explore our FAQs.

Last updated October 27, 2020