COVID-19 Resources for Providers

“There are one and a half million people directly employed in the child care field in the US – with another half million indirect jobs supported by the field. Those employed in the industry provide essential an essential service to countless American families. We need to be sure these jobs remain secure when the pandemic is 0ver.” CCAoA

Our hearts go out to all affected by COVID-19. Below are resources that may help programs through these trying times. We will continue to add resources to our site as they become available to us.

FDA Warning About the Dangers of Hand Sanitizers With Methanol

“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recent urgent warning to consumers and health care providers about hand sanitizer products that are labeled as containing ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol (i.e., methyl alcohol or wood alcohol) is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. As per the FDA news update hyperlinked below, “Methanol is not an acceptable active ingredient for hand sanitizers and must not be used due to its toxic effects. FDA’s investigation of methanol in certain hand sanitizers is ongoing. The agency will provide additional information as it becomes available.”

FDA updated the original list of more than 24 hand sanitizer products to avoid, now listing 75 such products to avoid on this FDA webpage; those products can be viewed either by clicking on the “Methanol Contaminated Products List” button at the top of the webpage or by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and then by clicking on any or all eight pages listing the 75 hand sanitizer products.

As with the original list of hand sanitizer products to avoid, all 75 products are potentially toxic when absorbed through the skin.  Please see the FDA news update on hand sanitizers with methanol and the current list of hand sanitizer products to avoid for more detailed information.

Consumers who have been exposed to a hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for the potential toxic effects of methanol poisoning, which can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, blurred vision, permanent blindness, and seizures. Although people of all ages are at risk for methanol poisoning, “young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute are most at risk.”

Other CCAoNH COVID-19 Resource Pages:

General Resources:

Resources for Providers:  

Center for Disease Control:

National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education: The Caring for Our Children Crosswalk is designed to provide information to help caregivers/teachers and child care health consultants provide safe and healthy early care and education environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Child Care Aware of America Resources:

Resources for After School Providers:

NH Department of Labor Guidance Regarding COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies: Employers and employees may have questions about the impact of COVID-19 or other similar viruses on some employment laws enforced by the US Department of Labor.

Emergency Planning Resources:

COVID-19 Resource Share by NH Child Care Providers: If you would like to share your letters or resources, please email them to outreach2ccrr@snhs.org with the title COVID-19 Resource Share. Note that the resources below are from other directors, administrators and providers. These materials are not vetted by Child Care Aware of NH. It is your responsibility to make sure that the materials below meet CCLU Rules. Use resources below at your own discretion.