Running Your Business During COVID-19

Last updated June 2, 2020

Operating your program

Read OEC’s Guidance for Child Care During COVID-19
We offer comprehensive information for child care providers on:

  • Wearing masks
  • Social distancing
  • Drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Health screening
  • Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Sick procedures
  • Opening after a closure

Note that we will follow up soon with a second guide specifically for family child care 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.

Get guidance on opening youth camps
The State of Connecticut has a presentation with helpful guidance on how to keep children and staff safe. Download the Safely Reopening Youth Camps presentation.

Webinars from OEC and partners

OEC and our partners have held a number of webinars for providers during COVID-19.

May 29, 2020OEC Tele-Town Hall
OEC Commissioner Beth Bye provided updates about the agency’s efforts to support child care in Connecticut during COVID-19.
Watch the OEC Tele-Town Hall in English
Download the Early Child Care COVID-19 presentation
May 26, 2020Panel Discussion About the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Child Care
Panelists included Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro, OEC Commissioner Beth Bye, Hope for New Haven Executive Director Georgia Goldburn, and Alliance for Community Empowerment Inc. Executive Director Dr. Monette Ferguson.
Watch the panel discussion
Download the COVID-19 Challenges presentation
May 21, 2020CT Nurses’ Association: Healthy Childcare Practices — The Health Check
Learn from a virtual chat with their Family Child Care Health Consultants. They discussed the health check and shared strategies.
Watch the Health Check webinar video
Download the Health Check presentation
May 7, 2020CT Nurses’ Association: Health and Safety in Family Child Care —Managing Germs, Staying Healthy
Learn about managing germs in your family child care setting — including strategies for minimizing them, cleaning and disinfecting, and daily health checks.
Watch the Managing Germs webinar video
Download the Managing Germs presentation

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.

Financial resources and other support

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 offers financial help to child care providers who are willing to provide care for the children of essential workers. It benefits both groups — providers get additional funding, and essential workers get the child care they need to work. 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.

You may want to learn more about CTCARES for Frontline Workers as well, which can help families pay for the care you provide. Learn about CTCARES for Frontline Workers.

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.

OEC materials and forms

Fact sheets and flyers

CTCARES Programs

CTCARES for Child Care Program
CTCARES for Child Care flyer (English)
CTCARES for Child Care flyer (Spanish)
CTCARES for Frontline Workers Program flyer
CTCARES for Hospital Workers Program (Project 26)
Project 26 flyer (English)
Project 26 flyer (Spanish)

Guidance for families

Birth to Three is Open for Families
Birth to Three flyer (English)
Birth to Three flyer (Spanish)
Child Care for Essential Workers During the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Child Care for Essential Workers (English) 
Child Care for Essential Workers (Spanish)
Food Resources for Kids During the COVID-19 Emergency
Food Resources for Kids (English)
Food Resources for Kids (Spanish)
Keeping Your New Baby Safe in the Time of COVID-19
Keeping Your Baby Safe During COVID-19 (English)
Keeping Your Baby Safe During COVID-19 (Spanish)
Opportunities for Learning While Public Schools Are Not In Session
Taking Care of Your Child During COVID-19

Guidance for providers

Guidance for School-Age Child Care Providers in CT During COVID-19
Home Visiting Town Hall Questions Summary
Taking Care of Children and Families During COVID-19

Forms and documents

Application for Approval During the COVID-19 emergency, any child care program caring for more than 30 children needs to demonstrate they’ve taken additional precautions to protect children and staff.
Application for Approval
Health and Immunization AttestationDuring the state of emergency, parents may not be able to submit all of the normally required documentation related to their child’s heath. This form allows temporary enrollment without that documentation until the end of the emergency.
Health and Immunization Attestation (English)
Health and Immunization Attestation (Spanish)