August 11, 2022
Please join us for the next Early Childhood Provider Call scheduled on Thursday, August 18, 2022, from 1:30-2:30 pm. Representatives from the Department of Education. Department of Health and Social Services, and the Division of Public Health will provide updates.
There will also be two presentations about opportunities for the early childhood field with the opportunity for questions.
- Highmark and Amerihealth will present on lead screening – the effects of lead poisoning, data on children being tested currently, and resources to share with families.
- Westside Family Healthcare will present on their support to individuals with accessing affordable health coverage through Medicaid and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Virtual meeting link and call information:
WebEx Meeting Link: https://de-doe.webex.com/de-doe/j.php?MTID=mcdb70f9c00deee699810aeab4020e565
Join by Phone: 1-415-655-0001
Meeting number (access code): 2620 360 4057
Meeting password: 99QgMeip3Rq
August 10, 2022
The DELACARE Regulations for Family and Large Family Child Care Homes that were proposed in July will became effective on August 10, 2022. A summary of changes was created to help inform you of the changes as well as their implementation dates.
If you are interested in attending a training regarding these changes, presented by Kelly McDowell, OCCL’s Resource and Development Administrator, please click on the meeting link on the day and time of the training; no advance registration is required. Training hours will be awarded.
To attend: Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Please click this link at 6:00pm on August 25th to join the meeting.
August 8, 2022
The Office of Child Care Licensing will be hosting an additional training on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM regarding the June updates to the DELACARE Center Regulations presented by Kelly McDowell, OCCL’s Resource and Development Administrator.
If you were unable to attend a previously held training, your attendance is encouraged. No advance registration is required and training hours will be awarded. summary of changes.
To attend: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Please click this link at 1:00pm on August 23rd to join the meeting.
June 13, 2022
The Office of Child Care Licensing (OCCL) recently updated the DELACARE: Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers. OCCL will be hosting five virtual trainings to discuss the regulation changes and to answer any questions that you may have. Attendance is encouraged for all administrators.
The trainings will be held on the following dates and times:
- June 15, 2022 at 1:30 pm
- June 15, 2022 at 6 pm
- June 16, 2022 at 1:30 pm
- June 16, 2022 at 6 pm
- June 22, 2022 at 6 pm
Please email Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us to request the link for the training that you wish to attend.
June 1, 2022
Due to a recent change in DE Code, many previously license-exempt public, charter, and private schools that are serving children below the age of kindergarten will now be required to be licensed by July 1, 2024. The Office of Child Care Licensing will be hosting virtual information sessions for these programs on the following dates and times:
- Thursday, June 9, 2022, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
These sessions are open only to previously exempt facilities and attendance is required in order to begin the licensing process. Please contact Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us as soon as possible to register.
March 1, 2022
To All Licensed Child Care Providers,
Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the State of Emergency in Delaware, including the mask wearing requirement in child care facilities (and in K-12 public and private schools) will end. This means that the wearing of masks in licensed child care facilities is no longer required. However, each individual business may decide for themselves if this practice will continue in their child care setting.
You may choose to voluntarily wear a face mask at any time. We encourage people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not received a booster dose to take this added measure today. For a complete list of locations where vaccines are available, visit the Delaware COVID-19 website.
Please note that with the CDC’s new county-by-county community level tracker, if one or more counties in our state reaches a HIGH level of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, Delaware will revisit whether to re-impose the mandatory wearing of face masks or other policies.
Recommended Routine COVID-19 Procedures
- In addition to layered mitigation strategies such as distancing, ventilation, and vaccination, routine procedures are the minimum protections the Division of Public Health recommends being adopted to keep children and adults healthy and able to attend child care.
- Providers may discontinue quarantine for close contacts except household contacts.
- When someone is a household close contact who is up to date with their COVID vaccine, those individuals should wear masks for 10 days following the last date of exposure in the household and get tested on day 5 following the last date of exposure.
- When someone tests positive they should:
- Isolate at home for 5 days* and, if symptoms have resolved, return after day 5 and wear a mask in child care for the next 5 days. Or,
- Isolate at home for 10* days (required if unable to wear a mask in child care for the additional 5 days).
*Count the days from first day after symptoms or the first day after a positive test, whichever is earlier. Return date must be at least 5 days after start of any symptoms, with at least 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medication.
- Any individual with COVID symptoms should stay out of the child care facility until they have tested and have received negative results.
Ventilation: In an environment without masks, maintaining good air circulation becomes an even more important tool for reducing transmission of COVID-19. Please continue taking steps to improve ventilation by opening windows when possible, upgrading HVAC systems, purchasing air filters readily available online, and spending time outdoors.
Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.
January 6, 2022
Due to a recent change in DE Code, many previously license-exempt public, charter, and private schools that are serving children below the age of kindergarten will now be required to be licensed by January 1, 2023. The Office of Child Care Licensing will be hosting virtual information sessions for these programs on the following dates and times:
- Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Monday, April 7, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Thursday, June 9, 2022, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
These five sessions are open only to previously exempt facilities and attendance is required in order to begin the licensing process. Please contact Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us as soon as possible to register.