Guidance for Child Care Programs about the Coronavirus

10 March 2020

Where can I get the most up to date, accurate information about the coronavirus and the impact in Vermont?
The Department of Health maintains a webpage on the virus and Vermont’s status, please visit the website at: Because the situation is changing so quickly, syndicated content from CDC is being automatically pulled in so the latest information and guidance is reflected – in addition to Vermont-specific guidance.

Is there guidance for when/if a child care program should close?
The Vermont Department of Health has developed guidance child care programs should consider when deciding if they should close:

What can we do to prevent the virus from spreading?
This is the season for common respiratory illnesses like colds and flu. Taking everyday actions to stop the spread of germs will keep us all safe.  Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Follow child care regulations for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting

If a child receiving Child Care Financial Assistance is required to be absent due to a health provider’s recommendation, will my program continue to receive payments to hold the child’s space?
The Child Care Financial Assistance Program allows programs to submit sick attendance codes for days a child is not able to attend due to illness. Please refer to the Child Care Financial Assistance Program Provider Handbook for guidance on how to use the attendance codes.

Will the Child Care Financial Assistance Program reimburse for eligible children missing child care, if the program closes due to a positive test result for a staff or child that was at that program?
If a program is closed for an extended period of time due to a child or staff that has a positive COVID-19 test result, that child or staff had been present at the program and the program is charging all families to maintain their space during the closure period, please contact the Child Development Division at 1-800-649-2642 option 6 or for guidance on Child Care Financial Assistance (subsidy) payments.