Effective June 15, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order 149 all child care programs operating in the State of New Jersey must comply with the requirements detailed in this guidance. Failure to do so may result in the prohibition of continued operation during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Noncompliance by licensed child care centers may also result in the suspension or revocation of an offending operator’s certificate of approval to operate. These requirements are imposed in conjunction with other applicable requirements imposed in law or regulation, or in the rare event that these requirements are in conflict with other law or regulation, the more stringent requirement shall be enforced. This guidance is heavily derived from guidance documents produced by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), however, in many instances it has been supplemented or modified to reflect the needs of New Jersey. In several areas, CDC recommendations have been replaced with mandates for New Jersey centers. In those instances, this guidance document is controlling.
Reopening Child Care & Early Education Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic – Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Focused Best Practice Recommendations
Children 0-6 years old have unique social-emotional needs and are at highest risk for potential developmental impact due to the heightened stress of the pandemic. Parents and caregivers, including child care providers, can directly reduce this negative impact through your nurturing, consistent, sensitive presence.
NOTE: While the recommendations in this infographic are universally appropriate, the resources listed pertain only to NY State.
The Nebraska Association for Infant Mental Health has created a poster with best practice recommendations on supporting young children’s social-emotional well-being during the pandemic that has led to many changes during this uncertain time.