Child Care & Day Camps

The resources below provide information and guidance for applying COVID-19 prevention strategies in child care settings. 

Resources from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)

Resources from the Virginia Department of Education (DOE)

Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Vaccination

Children 5 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and availability will be expanded to younger children. You can protect your child from contracting the COVID-19 virus and possible complications like MIS-C by getting them vaccinated. If your child is too young to be vaccinated, the best way to protect them is to get vaccinated yourself and encourage any adults who spend time with your children to get vaccinated as well. Vaccination protects others who might be more vulnerable to COVID-19, like grandparents, by reducing a child’s chances of transmitting the disease.  For more information on how to get vaccinated, visit Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN-VA.

Resources for Mental Health and Resilience 

Children and Mask Use 

Mask guidance for the general public can be found on the VDH Mask Page. People aged two and older should wear a mask indoors around others if they have symptoms, a positive test, or recent exposure to someone with COVID-19. CDC also recommends all people aged two and older wear masks indoors when the COVID-19 Community Level is high. Masks should not be placed on any child when a child is sleeping.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. While the definite cause of MIS-C is not clear, it is known that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19. MIS-C can be serious, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) continue to study MIS-C and learn why some children have gotten sick with MIS-C and why others have not.

Symptoms of MIS-C include fever AND one or more of the following: stomach pain, bloodshot eyes, diarrhea, dizziness or lightheadedness, skin rash, and vomiting.  Not all children will have the same symptoms. If your child develops these symptoms, contact their doctor, nurse, or clinic right away. 

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, contact your child’s doctor or clinic.  Please let them know you think your child may have COVID-19.  If your child has any emergency warning symptoms of COVID-19 including trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that won’t go away, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, severe belly pain, or other concerning signs, seek emergency medical care right away (call 911 or take your child to the nearest emergency medical care facility).

Page Last updated: May 9, 2022