Revised Child Care Guidelines Letter

Dear Colleagues,
 
The Governor’s Reopening Task Force and the Governor’s Office have approved the revised Child Care Guidance, based on feedback received from many of you and some families as well. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback.
 
You will notice that some of this public health guidance is provided as best practices, as opposed to requirements, on how to care for children in groups during a pandemic.
 
We know that you take children’s health and the health of your staff seriously. Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for severe disease or death from COVID-19 than adults. While children and infants can become infected with COVID 19, adults are more likely to become symptomatic and make up most of the identified cases. There is a newly identified syndrome unique to children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). This is a condition where different body systems become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Today New Hampshire announced the identification of the first case of a child with this syndrome, more information will be available here once posted: https://www.nh.gov/covid19/
 
It is more important than ever that you review the new guidance and talk with your staff and families about how to provide safe care during this public health crisis. We know you can do it, and we hope these guidelines will serve as the framework for how to do so. And, as always, we are here to help, so please reach out:
 
Division of Public Health Services
(603) 271-4496
 
We acknowledge there may be challenges for providers as to how they will follow these guidelines. As announced on Friday May 15, the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery has approved $25 million of the CARES Act emergency relief funds for child care. The application process for the funding will be announced very soon, if you have any questions or need assistance please contact the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration at ECCP@dhhs.nh.gov.
 
In addition, look for the announcement from Child Care Aware of NH for a webinar next Thursday, May 28, with Public Health, the Bureau of Child Care Development and Head Start Collaboration, and Child Care Licensing. 
As mentioned above, the webinar information can be found here: GETTING THE INFORMATION AND RESOURCES YOU NEED FOR CHILD CARE RECOVERY AND STABILIZATION: A NH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WEBINAR
  • Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • Time: 12:30 to 2:00 pm
  • Registration is free and available through the NH Professional Registry at https://nhportal.naccrraware.net/nh/. Registration closes at 11:30 am the day of the webinar.
 And, contact the Child Care Licensing Unit for assistance with licensing requirements at CCLUOffice@dhhs.nh.gov.
 
Thank you for all you do for the children and families you serve.
 
Child Care Licensing Unit (CCLU)
Bureau of Facility Licensing and Certification(BFL&C)
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
ccluoffice@dhhs.nh.gov 

https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/index.htm

Bureau of Child Development & Head Start Collaboration (BCDHSC)

Division of Economic & Housing Stability (DEHS)
New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
129 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
eccp@dhhs.nh.gov