Communication & Support – Newsletter – March 2020
CCHC Services and Support
Child Health Connection consultants are committed to serving their centers by providing support, information and resources regarding health and safety issues. This month your nurse consultant will be sharing their role and expectations to provide quality service to you, staff, children, and their families. This will include:
- Monthly consultation for your center meeting state regulation requirements
- Meeting for these scheduled visits with the Director or other designated person
- Activities varying monthly depending on the needs of the center
- Providing medication or special health treatment training, supervision, and delegation to identified staff
In addition, please click on the button below to access a “When to Call your CCHC” flyer which you can post at your center. Remember to not hesitate to call 911 or Poison Control if there is an emergency. It does not cost money to have EMS come and assess the situation. It will bring peace of mind during a crisis!Download 'When to Call your CCHC'
Supporting Center Policies
Having a health policy is required for all licensed programs. Your CCHC can provide guidance and review health and illness policies at your center.
Update: We wanted to highlight the new fever guideline which is now 100° F or higher on the new “How Sick is too Sick” guidelines by the CDPHE. Please click the button below to access the updated policy.Download 'How Sick is too Sick' Guidelines
Local school districts and public health agencies have been working closely together to monitor the global outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided interim guidance for child care centers and schools. The CDC will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Please see excerpts below from the letter or click the button below to see the full version:
- Currently, in the United States, the risk for Coronavirus to the general public is low.
- Child care programs and schools will continue to offer a welcoming, respectful, inclusive, supportive environment to all children, staff and families.
- Child care programs will take the following actions to plan and prepare:
- Continue to stay informed through the CDC and state and local health departments.
- Collaborate with the local licensing specialists to review, update and implement emergency operations plans (EOP’s)
- Develop flexible attendance and sick leave policies to encourage children and staff to stay home sick or when caring for sick family members.
- Share CDC fact sheets with families. Please click the button below to access.
- Encourage parents to start considering back-up childcare should it be required that your program close during an outbreak of Coronavirus or any easily transmitted illness such as norovirus or influenza.
- Be consistent with performing daily health checks first thing when the child is dropped off. Children showing symptoms listed in the exclusionary guidelines from The Children’s Hospital’s “How Sick is Too Sick,” should go home and stay home until exclusionary symptoms are no longer seen.
It is important to note that there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in Colorado. In the event of a confirmed case of the virus in Colorado, centers will follow their local health department’s lead on any quarantines, closures or other health measures needed.Download Interim Guidance Download Coronavirus Fact Sheet - English Download Coronavirus Fact Sheet - Spanish Download Stop the Spread of Germs - English Download Stop the Spread of Germs - Spanish
Communication between parents and the child care program is an important step to provide a safe and healthy environment for the child. You can help by sharing with center staff any:
- Changes to your child’s health status
- New treatments or therapies being done at home
- Diet changes or diet restrictions
- Allergy or sensitivity evaluations
This communication is especially important in the event of an emergency. Centers have emergency preparedness plans which they can share with you. It is encouraged that families also have a plan for alternative child care if the center were to be closed by an unexpected event.