September 27, 2021

COVID-19 is a communicable disease that must be reported to Public Health. As a courtesy, please inform your licensing specialist as well. To report new positive COVID-19 cases to the Division of Public Health (DPH), use DPH’s NEW online COVID reporting system. In addition to making a report, you may request a clearance letter, and request a call back from an epidemiologist. Alternatively, continue to submit the data collection form via Fax (302-223-1540) or Email reportdisease@delaware.gov and indicate if you need a call back. If you have a question, please call 888-295- 5156 and leave only one message.

A global variance is granted to modify 35.A.2 (Center Regulations) and modify 56.A and 70.A (Family and Large Family Child Care Homes Regulations)

To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the requirement for a “hands-on CPR skill demonstration” is temporarily suspended and is not required when CPR certification or recertification is due. This means that initial and expiring CPR certifications must be renewed as needed but the hands-on skill demonstration is not required at this time. CPR may be taken online, for example, without a hands-on skills demonstration and will be accepted as meeting the OCCL regulation until further guidance from OCCL is sent to child care providers. Certifications completed online during this period will be valid until the expiration date listed on the certification. If the certification of a child care provider or staff member has expired, he or she is required to be certified within one month of the certificate’s expiration.

Reminder: Child care providers shall recommend mask use by children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. Child care providers shall require mask use by children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, plus all staff, family members, and visitors inside the child care facility, regardless of vaccination status.

February 11, 2021

The Office of Child Care Licensing is now offering, “Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals.” This seven-hour quality-assured training is designed for family and large family child care homes as well as child care centers. It covers emergency preparedness including disaster and evacuation plans; safe sleep procedures including prevention of sudden infant death syndrome, shaken baby syndrome, and abusive head trauma; prevention and response to emergencies due to food allergies; building and physical premises safety; handling and storage of hazardous materials; proper disposal of bio-contaminants; administration of medication, prevention and control of infectious diseases including immunizations, and how to transport children safely. This training may be used to meet many of the orientation topic requirements or to count toward annual health and safety training requirementsTo register and access the training, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://dieecpd.org.
  2. Next log in or create an account.
  3. Go to the Professional Learning tab and click on online learning.
  4. Click on the link for DEPDNow online training opportunities.
  5. Scroll down to Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals. Click register now on the right.
  6. On the registration received tab, click on the blue Health and Safety Training for Child Care Professionals and this will take you to depdnow.com. To access training, click on “My Profile” which will take you to your Dashboard. Click on Training Title on Dashboard then click here to access course.
  7. Log into DEPDNOW with the same email and password that you used for DIEEC.
  8. If you have issues, please contact (888) 882-5294 for assistance.

August 17, 2020

The Office of Child Care Licensing is offering an online version of Administration of Medication. To register and access the training, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://dieecpd.org.
  2. Next log in or create an account.
  3. Go to the Professional Learning tab and click on online learning.
  4. Click on the link for DEPDNow online training opportunities.
  5. Scroll down to Administration of Medication Certification. Click register now on the right.
  6. On the registration received tab, click on the blue Administration of Medication Certification and this will take you to depdnow.com. To access training, click on “My Profile” which will take you to your Dashboard. Click on Training Title on Dashboard then click here to access course.
  7. Log into DEPDNOW with the same email and password that you used for DIEEC.
  8. If you have issues, please contact (888) 882-5294 for assistance.