Running Your Business During COVID-19
Operating 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
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
- Reporting cases
Webinars from OEC and partners
OEC and our partners have held a number of webinars for providers during COVID-19.
|June 24, 2020||OEC Webinar: A Day in the Life of Child Care as We Know It Now|
4 early care and education providers shared stories about what child care looks like today — and how to implement OEC’s guidance for child care during COVID-19.
Watch a video of the Day in the Life of Child Care Webinar (English)
|June 19 and 22, 2020||OEC announces the launch of CTCARES for Child Care Businesses|
OEC Commissioner Bye announced details of our CTCARES for Child Care Businesses package during a series of 2 webinars. Participants discussed the OEC business survey data and how we are using it to support child care businesses.
Watch the CTCARES for Child Care Businesses webinar video (June 19)
Watch the CTCARES for Child Care Businesses webinar video (June 22)
Check out the CTCARES for Child Care Businesses presentation (English)
|June 15, 2020||OEC Webinar: COVID-19 School Readiness and Child Day Care Funding Plan|
OEC Commissioner Beth Bye announced a summer funding plan for state-funded School Readiness and Child Day Care Programs to support programs currently opened and those that are reopening.
Watch the COVID-19 Summer SR and CDC Funding webinar
Download the OEC Summer SR and CDC Funding presentation
|May 29, 2020||OEC 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, 2020||Panel 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, 2020||CT 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, 2020||CT 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
|April 24, 2020||COVID-19 and Youth Camps|
Watch the COVID-19 and Youth Camps webinar video
|April 17, 2020||OEC’s Response to COVID-19|
Watch the COVID-19 response webinar video
|March 24, 2020||OEC Tele-Town Hall: Home Visiting and COVID-19|
Watch the home visiting webinar video
|March 19, 2020||OEC Tele-Town Hall: COVID-19|
Watch the COVID-19 webinar video
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.
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.
OEC materials and forms
Signage for programs
Post these signs in your facility to educate parents about strategies to help keep children, families, and staff safe.
Fact sheets and flyers
Guidance for families
|Birth to Three is Open for Families|
Birth to Three flyer (English)
Birth to Three flyer (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
|Health and Immunization Attestation||During 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)