Early care and education programs are necessary and important to communities. They have a tremendous impact on the health, growth, and development of children and support the overall well-being of families in Los Angeles County. This COVID-19 Early Care and Education (ECE) Toolkit is designed as a resource to help center-based child care programs and family child care homes prepare for and respond to COVID-19. It contains important guidance from the Los Angeles County (LAC) Department of Public Health (DPH), templates for creating useful documents, answers to frequently asked questions in ECE settings, as well as links to selected resources from local, state, and national sources. This toolkit should help you implement strategies to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks and report COVID-19 cases if and when they occur at your child care site.
ECE sites should have a EMP in place prior to identifying a COVID-19 positive case. Designate a person to be familiar with COVID-19 safety protocols.
Any case of COVID-19 (child or staff) in an ECE setting must be reported to the local Community Care Licensing Division Child Care Offices.
ECE providers are also required to notify the LAC Department of Public Health (DPH) of individuals (staff or children) with confirmed COVID-19 at the site.
To complete this reporting requirement, the provider must use one of the reporting methods described below to provide information on (1) children, staff, or visitors with confirmed COVID-19 who were on site at any point within the 14 days prior to their illness onset date and (2) persons at the site who were exposed to the infected person during the infectious period. The illness onset date is the first date of COVID-19 symptoms or the COVID-19 test date, whichever is earlier. All case notifications should be submitted to DPH within 1 business day of the site being notified of the case. ECE providers can report cases to DPH using one of the following methods:
Parents and staff must be notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case at your ECE site. This communication can be in the form of a letter. Sample notification letters are provided below with a description of their use and can be tailored to your facility's needs.