Health and Safety

Ensuring the safety and well-being of young children and staff working in child care is a top priority for OEC. Learn about  important guidelines and recommendations related to reporting, screenings, and more.

Air quality and ventilation

Better ventilation and filtration can help improve air quality in buildings — and better air quality can help decrease the spread of viruses (like flu and COVID-19). Check out our page on air quality and ventilation.


Regular cleaning and sterilizing helps keep kids healthy by getting rid of germs and preventing the spread of disease.


In Connecticut, the COVID-19 emergency ended on May 11, 2023. However, OEC — and other agencies — have important guidance and recommendations to protect children and your staff. Explore our COVID-19 guidance for child care programs.

Disease reporting

Child care staff must report outbreaks of communicable diseases in their program to meet state requirements. This helps the state to track and address the spread of disease.

See the current list of reportable diseases (note that COVID-19 is listed as “SARS-CoV”).

Programs still need to report COVID-19 outbreaks, but the process has changed

As of July 1, 2023, programs don’t need to report positive cases of COVID-19 to the Department of Public Health (DPH) on a weekly basis. Instead, COVID-19 outbreaks must be reported the same way as any other disease on the reportable disease list. The DPH weekly COVID-19 reporting form has been retired.



Make sure to provide healthy snacks for children in your program.

Specific diseases and conditions

For information and resources concerning congenital cytomegalovirus, lead, bed bugs, and other related topics, please visit the CT Department of Public Health (DPH)

Vaccines and immunizations

Keeping vaccine and immunization records helps protect children from preventable diseases and maintain compliance with regulations.

Last updated October 2, 2023