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COVID-19 and Childcare Information for Parents

Child care health and safety guidance and resources for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Research shows that child care during COVID-19 is safe. When child care programs follow health and safety guidance, there is a low risk of transmitting COVID-19. 

In LA County, all early educators must follow LA County’s health and safety guidance for child care programs to be open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Every program will have a plan in place to follow the guidance and protect staff, children, and families.

The guidance that child care programs must follow includes:

  • The program should follow social distancing guidelines as much as possible. This means staff and children should stay six feet apart when possible.
  • Groups should be no more than 12 children. Different groups of children should not mix.
  • Parents and caregivers must wear masks and keep physically distanced at drop-off and pick-up.
  • All staff and children two years old and over must wear face coverings (masks) whenever possible while at the program, except when eating.
  • The program has children and staff wash hands regularly, and staff regularly sanitize the space and materials.
  • Children should not share food or materials. Programs should have individual play areas and activities for children. 

You can ask your child care provider to tell you more about the guidance and specific health and safety changes they have made.

You can also read more about specific guidance in the Early Educators section of this website.

How You Can Help

Child care providers are working hard to keep children and staff safe. You can help too. While rates of transmission of COVID-19 in child care programs is very low, everyone needs to do their part to avoid becoming infected. If you are sending your child to care, please do the following:

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Avoid any places where a lot of people are together.
  • Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Avoid public transport, if you can.
  • Wear a cloth face covering at all times when you are out and around other people. Children two years and older should wear face coverings with adult supervision.
  • Try to go to places at times when they are less busy.
  • Avoid touching surfaces in public places, when possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly.
  • Clean your hands often, especially after touching surfaces in public places and before eating. Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.

Find more information about staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Remember, we can help each other stay safe. By protecting your family, you are also protecting others in your child care program.

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About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that typically causes mild to moderate illness, like the common cold, but can lead to dangerous complications. Learn more about COVID-19.

For information on what to do if your child or a member of your family gets sick with COVID-19, please visit the LA County COVID-19 website.