Children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick, and can spread the virus to others. Child care provides crucial support for parents and guardians, and provides many benefits for a child’s social and early learning development. Parents may have concerns about the risks of bringing their children to child care programs while COVID-19 and the Delta variant exist in the community, and the risks should be weighed against the benefits. CDC and VDH continue to recommend children aged two years and older wear masks while indoors in child care settings. Employees in child care settings should continue to mask, regardless of vaccination status (see Department of Labor and Industry Standard FAQ).
No matter the level of transmission in a community, every child care program should have a plan in place with multiple layers of prevention to protect staff, children and their families from the spread of COVID-19. VDH works closely with the Virginia Department of Education (DOE), and other partners to create guidance for these settings.
Resources from the Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
- COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Child Care Facility Collaboration with the Local Health Department (8/17/21)
- Contact Tracing as a Partnership Involving VDH, the Child and Parents/Guardians, and Schools/Child Care Programs (11/17/20)
- VDH Considerations for Recreational Sports
- Template Letters for COVID-19 Cases in the Center