COVID-19, Emergency Updates, and LOCATE: Child Care

covid-19 procedures for child care providers

We have created this brief presentation to help child care providers take additional steps to keep the children in your care, your staff, and yourself healthy. You can also download a PDF of the main points in this presentation.

Child Care For Essential Personnel: MSDE and Maryland Family Network Team Up

Maryland’s child care providers are essential to stemming the spread of and finding a cure for the COVID-19 pandemic. Our region is teeming with the Nation’s top researchers, doctors, and policy makers. As the Coronavirus continues to spread and demands on these and other essential personnel grows, they need to know their children are safe in order to stay focused on keeping the rest of us safe and healthy. Maryland Family Network (MFN) is partnering with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to make it fast and easy for essential personnel to find safe quality child care during the State of Emergency.

MFN’s LOCATE: Child Care has extended hours to respond to increased call volume during the pandemic. Parents should call 877.261.0060 between Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. A real time chat feature is available Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or use the self-guided web version of LOCATE: Child Care 24/7 both at Specialized services for parents of children with special needs as well as Spanish language LOCATE: Child Care are also available.

For those who cannot be home with their children at this time, regulated child care is one of the safest places for a child to be. Maryland child care providers are subject to some of the strictest regulations in nation. These include stringent guidelines around cleaning, sanitizing, hand washing, and child care provider education. Most of these measures have been increased during the State of Emergency and now also include deep cleanings overnight and over the weekends.

MFN and MSDE have surveyed providers across the state to establish a database of child care professionals who have opted in to participate in this historic endeavor. Thousands of providers are already assisting or stand ready to help as the need increases. LOCATE: Child Care only refers parents to licensed child care providers. Most child care providers are private businesses and can make the decision to close or remain open independently.