Guidance for Parents

As of Wednesday, April 1, only child care centers that exclusively serve the children of essential workers are allowed to remain open. Emergency child care centers that remain open must abide by new Department of Children and Families health and safety guidelines.
Parents who are essential workers as defined by the Executive Order No. 110 should visit our Emergency Child Care Assistance page for information.
Family child care centers are not affected by Executive Order No. 110, to get help with locating an open family child care provider, contact your local CCR&R

Guidance for Children

You know your children best. Let their questions be your guide as to how much information to provide. However, don’t avoid giving them the information that health experts identify as critical to ensuring your children’s health. Be patient; children and youth do not always talk about their concerns readily. Watch for clues that they may want to talk, such as hovering around while you do the dishes or yard work. It is very typical for younger children to ask a few questions, return to playing, then come back to ask more questions.   

Guidance for Child Care Providers

Policy Snapshots

What should a school do when a student or staff presents with symptoms of COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 presents with signs and symptoms that may be indistinguishable from much more common respiratory viruses. At this time, respiratory illnesses are much more likely to be due to common viruses (e.g., influenza, common cold) than COVID-19. If a community (or more specifically, a school) has cases of COVID-19, local health officials will help identify those individuals and will follow up on next steps. Schools are not expected to screen students or staff to identify cases of COVID-19.
  • Students with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should be placed away from others and asked to wear a face mask until they can be sent home.
  • Staff members should be sent home and advised to seek medical advice.
  • Notify your local health department with any questions or concern about an ill student or staff member. You can locate your local health department by visiting their website.
Additional guidance is available on the Department of Health website

Training for Providers

Health and Saftey Guidance During COVID-19
Monday, April 6, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
Click on flyer image for registration details


Advanced health and safety training and technical assistance is available. For more information and the flyer, click here. Specific training on Keeping Children Healthy in Child Care is available. This workshop will give participants the knowledge and measures to prevent the spread of communicable disease in child care. We will discuss communicable disease factors, cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting, handwashing, diapering, standard precautions, and exclusion criteria. For more information and to register: Go to and use the advanced search to search by “Training Agency” - select “Central Jersey Family Health Consortium”


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