How to keep yourself, your staff, and your families informed, healthy, safe, and supported during this pandemic.
Last updated: April 2, 2020
Where to get up-to-date information
This is a rapidly evolving situation and with so much information being shared, it is difficult to know who to trust. The following are reputable resources we recommend for staying up to date.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Stay updated with the situation in the United States and on a per-state basis. Also, check out this CDC guidance specific to schools and child care providers.
- World Health Organization (WHO): International organization to stay updated with the situation across the globe. They also have specific guidance for prevention and control in schools.
- State by state closure status and information on who can remain open.
- Your local news to find out about any local closures and restrictions.
If you’re remaining open
Child care is an essential service and even in areas where there are “shelter in place” orders, there are likely exceptions made for child care providers. Please keep the following things in mind when operating during this time.
- If you are remaining open and have open spaces, please mark your daycare or preschool as having “immediate openings”. Information on how to do that can be found here. We are actively promoting providers with immediate openings as emergency childcare to parents who are essential workers like nurses, doctors, and more.
- We are sharing locations with immediate openings to essential workers like doctors and nurses who require care to do their job.
- Follow these CDC recommendations for cleaning and follow this checklist.
If you’re temporarily closing your daycare or preschool
- If you’re temporarily closing, mark your daycare or preschool as “temporarily closed” on Winnie. Information on how to do that can be found here.
- See if you can still get paid
- Good resource from Child Care Law for California providers, which likely applies to other states as well.
- You can talk to your local CCR&R.
- Contact your Member of Congress and request that they provide funding specifically for child care programs as part of the emergency response including payments to providers.
- Stay in touch with children in your program virtually
- Free remote teacher training webinars offered by Outschool and Zoom to help you adapt teaching practices and curriculum to a live video chat classroom.
Where to get your questions answered
- Coronavirus topic on Winnie: Post questions and share resources with a community of other providers and parents.
- Email email@example.com and we will try to help or point you in the right direction.
Providing guidance for parents
- Winnie’s resources for parents including how to find backup child care, activities for kids, and more.
Posted by Sara Mauskopf
Sara Mauskopf is the co-founder and CEO of Winnie. She’s also the mom of two young daughters and another child on the way! Originally from Philadelphia, she now lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.