WASHINGTON, D.C. – As health and government leaders ask early childhood centers to prepare for a surge in cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Council for Professional Recognition is sharing recommendations for educators and parents with small children based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Council carefully administers the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential; it believes the CDA is a vital credential that educators must have to position children for success as they approach kindergarten; it’s the only competency-based credential that is portable, as it’s recognized around the world. One of the ways the Council assesses CDAs relates to how to maintain a safe environment for children, including practices for how to prevent and reduce injuries.
Some recommendations for preventing illness include:
- Everyone should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizer when washing hands if soap and water are not available.
- Disinfect all surfaces, toys and other items that children and staff may use.
- Cover noses and mouths with a tissue or cloth when sneezing. Avoid touching eyes and face.
- Educators should be prepared with ample inventory of masks, gloves, aprons, etc.
- Parents be sure to keep sick children home until they’re fever-free for 24 hours without medication.
- Ask your children’s early childhood center about their plans for dismissals or closures.
The Council is continuing to monitor the situation, but urges everyone to seek out reliable sources for up to date information including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.