COVID-19 Resources: For Providers
CHILD CARE PROVIDER COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
– Updated October 7, 2021
As COVID-19 cases increase in Oregon due to the Delta variant, the Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority are updating requirements for child care providers. The changes are effective immediately. The update includes statewide protocols such as indoor and outdoor mask requirements, along with the school-based vaccine requirement for all teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. This requirement applies to early learning and child care programs located in K-12 school settings.
October Provider Information Sessions
Join the Early Learning Division (ELD) in October to learn more:
- ELD Check-in on COVID-19 Resources and Current Policies
- Review Child Care Stabilization Grant Application Process and Resources
- Learn about Oregon Department of Human Services’ Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) Eligibility, Co-Pay Structure, and Policy Updates
Wednesday, October 27 | 6 – 7 p.m.
All provider types. (Interpretation available – please make your language request by October 25, 2021 via registration form)
Thursday, October 28 | 6 – 7 p.m.
Spanish language. (All provider types)
This is a virtual event. Registration is required. There is a capacity limit for these calls and registration may not guarantee access via Zoom, especially for the October 27 session. If capacity is full, you may need to participate using ELD’s live stream on Facebook. Questions can be shared on the comments section.
SAVE THE DATE: Our next provider information session will be held December 1 and 2, 2021.
PPE Supplies Available for Child Care Providers
Early Learning Division (ELD) is offering child care providers free personal protective equipment during the pandemic. Eligibility requirements can be found on the supply order form.
The ELD is fulfilling orders at no charge until resources are depleted. Order size will depend on provider type and child care capacity. Care packages include masks (adult and child sizes), gloves, disinfectant wipes, and baby wipes. Supplies ordered from the website are not for resale, which is prohibited under any circumstances. Unneeded supplies can be donated to other child care providers, small businesses, nonprofits, restaurants or other eligible businesses in your community.
Schools and School-Based Programs Vaccination Requirement
The “COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Teachers and School Staff” rule (OAR) 333-019-1030) applies to early learning and child care programs in school settings. It does not apply to programs that are not located in a school setting.
Child care, preschool and recorded programs operating in schools, meaning public, private, parochial, charter or alternative educational programs offering kindergarten through grade 12 or any part thereof, are covered by the rule.
The Oregon Health Authority has published Frequently Asked Questions about the rule and medical and religious exception forms for OAR 333-019-1030 (these links download Word forms). Questions for “Child Care Settings” are included in this document.
Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/Archive-COVID-19-Resources for an archive of all documents from the emergency COVID response period.