Newsletter – June 2020
Regular Class Group Sizes for Child Care Centers
We were glad to see the response from Governor Polis regarding class size limits being increased to their full licensed capacity! On May 5th, Child Health Connection sent the below letter to the Governor requesting for classroom sizes to be increased. We are grateful that our voice has been heard. We will continue to fight for you, our partners, and the child care industry as a whole!
Read our letter to Governor Polis: https://childhealthconnection.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Letter-to-Governor-Polis.pdf
As of June 4th, child care centers in Colorado may return to regular group sizes and licensed capacity as stated in Colorado child care licensing rules. This includes maintaining physical distance of six feet whenever possible. If you have any questions regarding this new classroom guidance please contact your licensing specialist to help clarify.
Here is a link to the new guidance: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/news/colorado-resumes-some-regular-child-care-group-sizes
How to Reduce Your Risk of Getting Sick
Below is an interesting video that discusses the three main points to follow in reducing the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19:
Since being outdoors is the safest place to be to decrease exposure to the coronavirus, it is important to remember sun protection. Now is a good time to review your center’s policy on sun protection.
Healthy Child Care Colorado sunscreen recommendations: https://healthychildcareco.org/early-childhood-education-blog/summertime-sun-sunscreen-regulations-colorado-child-care-programs/
National best practice on sun protection: https://nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/188.8.131.52
State Guidance to Keep in Mind While Increasing Outdoor Activities
- Playgrounds – Use of portable equipment is allowed. CDPHE is not requiring centers to disinfect the playground.
- Emergency Drills – It is important to continue your emergency drills. COVID-19 does not stop emergencies from happening. Do your best to maintain social distance during drills.
- Water Play – Sprinklers and water guns are okay. No standing water such as pools, water tables, etc. Continue to practice physical distancing requirements.
- Field Trips – Now permitted as long as social distancing is maintained. This includes maintaining distances while transporting children.
120 day extensions have been granted for: CPR/AED & Basic First Aid cards, Medication Administration certificates, and health appraisals. Please contact your CCHC to review staff MAT certificates and delegation expirations.
CPR/AED & Basic First Aid training: Child Health Connection now offers CPR/AED & Basic First Aid training for staff. Please contact Chuck Hess for more information 303-431-2446 ext 200
Reminder: Standard Precautions is offered on PDIS at no charge – https://ecpd.costartstrong.org/ets/store/item/?id=c74d645b-07d5-11ea-a9ab-0683e33026b0