It is important to stay safe, healthy, and informed, particularly for those who continue to be on the front lines of caring for children and families. Our goal is to keep you, your staff, and your community informed and safe; continue necessary business operations in service of the essential workforce and our part to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This portal provides current and trusted resources to assist you in your service to families. ECIC staff is available to address questions you may have regarding resources and applications.
Executive Order No 2020-4 was issued on March 10, 2020 and expands access to assist the children and families of the essential workforce. To encourage currently licensed childcare centers to continue to provide crucial access to childcare during the state of emergency, LARA will relax the regulatory requirements of the following administrative rules:
All other administrative rules and related provisions of Public Act 116, as amended, are required to be met to maintain compliance.
Once the state of emergency is lifted licensed childcare centers will need to comply with all the regulatory requirements, including the administrative rules listed above.
Update your seat availability in order to receive referrals from essential workers seeking childcare.
There are multiple Southeast Michigan partners working to identify the current need that non-healthcare organizations have for COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) & supplies. Please click here to complete a short needs assessment.
Find out how to get emergency financial help from philanthropy, state and federal government
We have worked to assemble all the up to date information for the Child Care Relief Fund. View details, links and upcoming webinars here.
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Recommendations from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness should not be admitted to the facility.
Place hand-sanitizer next to the sign-in sheet and meet parents outside.
Review national standards for cleaning facilities for children
Consider staging arrival times, create separate classrooms for healthcare workers and more.
Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety. Plan ahead and recruit additional staff, with childcare experience, to ensure you have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in as-needed
When feasible, staff members and older children should wear face coverings within the facility. Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under the age of two because of the danger of suffocation.
Most importantly, take care of yourself. Regular mindfulness activities and video sessions that help you center and refocus your energy can be found at hopestartsheredetroit.org.