Child Care Services FAQs

Group Sizes

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  • How Many Children Can Be in a Groups?

    Licensed providers shall care for a maximum of 10 children per group, as directed by Community Care Licensing.  License-exempt providers may care for a maximum of 12 children per group.

    According to the San Diego County Public Health Order on May 10, 2020 child daycare and child care providers shall operate under the following conditions:

    1. Childcare should be carried out in stable groups ("stable" means that the same children are in the same group each day);
    2. Children should not change from one group to another.
    3. If more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group should occupy separate areas. Areas must be separated in a way that children and toys may not move across one area to another.
    4. Groups should not comingle with each other; and
    5. Childcare providers should remain solely with one group of children, to the extent possible.

    Additionally, the following chart has been provided for Licensed Providers to follow based on the age group you will be serving:

    Age

    Staff: Child Ratio

    Group Size

    0-18 months (infant)

    1:4

    10

    18-36 months (toddler)

    1:6

    10

    3 years – kindergarten entry (preschool) & kindergarten entry + (school age)

    1:10

    10

    0 to school age (mixed age groups)

    1:6

    10

Staff:Child Ratios and Face Covering Requirements

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Physical Distancing

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Financial Assistance

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Cleaning & Sanitation 

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Outdoor Play Space

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COVID-19 Reporting

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  • What do we do if a child, staff or facility contact has a positive COVID-19 test?

    Remember to report the incidents to the County, CCL and affected families.

    • Report the case to the County
      • If a child, staff or facility contact has tested positive for COVID-19 please contact the Epidemiology Unit by phone at (619) 692-8499. For urgent matters on evenings, weekends or holidays, dial (858) 565-5255 and ask for the Epidemiology Unit duty officer.
      • Childcare providers are required to report to the local health office the presence or suspected present of any communicable diseases (click here for more information) 

     

    • Report the case to Community Care Licensing (CCL)
      • If a child, staff or facility contact has tested positive for COVID-19 please contact your local CCL regional office within 24 hours.
      • Submit an Unusual Incident Report (LIC 624 or LIC624B) within 7 days of the report to your assigned Licensing Program Analyst or Regional Office, please include the contact with Epidemiology or Public Health Official with recommendations in your report.
    • Follow CDC recommendations ( click here for more information):
      • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
      • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
      • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting. 
      • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas. 
      • If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
        • Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.

     

Child Care Reopening

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Essential Businesses and Employees 

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Hand Sanitizer Storage 

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  • Where should we store hand sanitizer?

    A:  From Title 22

    § 101238(g). Buildings and Grounds: Disinfectants, cleaning solutions, poisons, and other items that could pose a danger if readily available to children shall be stored where inaccessible to children

    and

    § 102417(g)(4). Operation of a Family Child Care Home: Poisons, detergents, cleaning compounds, medicines, firearms and other items which could pose a danger if readily available to children, shall be stored where they are inaccessible to children.

    From CDC—When and How to Wash Your Hands

    Closely supervise young children when using hand sanitizer to prevent them from swallowing hand sanitizer because it can cause alcohol poisoning.

    Why? Ethyl alcohol (ethanol)-based hand sanitizers are safe when used as directed, but they can cause alcohol poisoning if swallowed.  Children may be particularly likely to swallow hand sanitizers that are scented, brightly colored, or attractively packaged. Hand sanitizers should be stored out of the reach of children and should only be used with adult supervision.  Be aware that children might purposefully swallow hand sanitizers due to the high alcohol content. For more information please refer to the California Poison Control Organization.

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