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COVID-19 Class for Child Care Providers in Washington State (HI07)

This course is being offered as a public health service to the child care community and offers 1 In-Service hour (1.0 STARS credit) at no cost for a limited time. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has temporarily changed the way we live. Child care, early learning and school age providers are among the most affected by these changes due to the need for physical distancing which requires many working adults to stay at home. The fallout from this very contagious germ has also impacted the normal activities that children engage in on a daily basis: no more attendance in school buildings, no park or public recreation access and the closure of many businesses that provide care and pleasure for children and families. In order to contain the spread of COVID 19 unprecedented emphasis is now on basic hygiene, many of which child care providers already know well: diligent handwashing, coughing and sneezing into tissues and sleeves, using a different type of disinfecting solution and keeping children separated from each other and most important, following strict guidelines for keeping sick children and staff at home. Child care providers who continue to care for the children of people who are providing essential services live with the uncertainty of knowing whether children, staff or parents may have been exposed to COVID 19 increasing the stress of running a child care business. In addition, it is impossible to get away from the news on this topic and from an excess of sometimes important other times not so valid information and updates.

The intent of this COVID 19 1 hour STARS training is to be a one-stop-shop for COVID-19 including background information, what the science tells us about its spread and how to control it; specific guidelines for limiting exposure in out-of-home settings including child care and preschool centers, family home child care and school age care programs. It will also provide specific guidance for engaging in all the daily activities children are used to doing in child care while practicing physical distancing and sanitation including physical activities, games and play and gardening activities. Also included is information about assuring children stay up to date on their immunizations and have a medical home. More than ever, it is important for children's mental and emotional health to have a stable, familiar and safe place to be while parents and caregivers are at work. Child care remains a critical place for children to thrive, grow and develop.

This course is funded in part by the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In-Service Hours/STA...: 1.0

  • Class Notice
  • Medical Questions?
  • Class Updates
  • Important Course Information
  • Helpful Hints
  • Unit 1 - Introduction
  • Unit 2- How it spreads
  • Unit 3- Child care specific guidelines
  • Unit 4-Child care specific guidelines
  • Small Groups Scenarios.pptx
  • Unit 5- Child care specific guidelines-Use of face coverings in child care
  • Physical Distancing Strategies
  • Unit 6- Child care specific guidelines- Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Unit 7- What to do if there is a case of COVID-19
  • Unit 8- Importance of a Medical Home in a Pandemic
  • Unit 8a - Importance of Immunizations in Child Care
  • Unit 8B The COVID-19 Vaccine
  • Unit 9- Mental Health and Self Care
  • Self-care question
  • Unit 10- Conclusion
  • Resources
  • Washington State Health Department Contacts
  • Access to current and relavent information about COVID 19
  • COVID-19 Course Final Test
  • Stay Connected
  • Stay Up To Date
Completion rules
  • You must complete the units "Stay Up To Date"
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever