We are sending on the following on behalf of the Office of Child Care Licensing and the Division of Public Health. Questions should be directed to your OCCL licensing specialist. Delaware Stars is not able to provide any additional information or answer questions.
 
Dear Child Care Provider, 
 
During these unprecedented times, thank you for your unwavering dedication to Delaware’s children and families. You are heroes.
 
We wanted to provide you with the most up-to-date information and guidance from Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health to help you during this time. On Saturday, Governor Carney issued a modification to his State of Emergency declaration, which addresses face coverings. Consequently, DSCYF has revised the requirements for Emergency Child Care Sites to reflect this new guidance, in addition to several new symptoms added to the screening protocol by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Included here are revised guidelines (new language is underlined) go into effect this Friday, May 1st. 
 
The Governor's order will impact child care providers in the following ways:

  • Individuals working in child care must wear cloth face coverings 
  • Child care providers must provide cloth face coverings and access to hand sanitizer to employees by Friday
  • Children under two years of age may NOT wear face coverings
  • Governor Carney’s order does not require children aged 12 or younger to wear a face covering
 
 
According to the release, Delawareans are urged to use cloth face coverings and reserve medical-grade masks for use by health care workers and first responders. Delawareans wearing a face covering should practice strict hand-washing before and after touching the face covering, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Additionally, face coverings are not a replacement for washing hands, practicing physical distancing, and staying home. 

For guidance on how to make and care for a face covering please see this information from the Delaware Division of Public Health:  https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/guidance-for-face-coverings/
 

Additionally, if you need help with cleaning supplies or masks please fill out the supply form (called ‘I Need Help With Supplies’) listed on the main  https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/ website.

Here is a direct link to the supply form:  https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/148f26ebc752420291fcc48dccd725e5
 
Please reach out to your OCCL Licensing Specialist if you have any questions. We know these are very challenging times, but we appreciate your flexibility and dedication to provide care for Delaware families.