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Updated Guidance for Child Care Programs and Providers

January 2021 CDE Updated resources links:

The CDE, ELCD has developed a COVID-19 State of Emergency guidance and resource web page that includes answers to frequently asked questions, all MBs issued to implement pertinent legislation, webinars, and other relevant resources at

To be informed of updated information, please sign up for ELCD’s email distribution list at

For more information about CDSS Community Care Licensing Division Provider Information Notices which provides guidance on social and physical distance, ratio and group sizes, and healthy practices during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, please visit their website at

For essential factual information and resources about the extent of early childhood homelessness, in addition to concrete research-based strategies teachers can implement that benefit all of the children in their care, and are essential for young children and their families impacted by homelessness, visit the ELCD Resources webpage for a copy of the Responsive Early Education for Young Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness at

For more information about federal and state guidance and response to COVID-19 State of Emergency, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at, the California Department of Public Health’s website at and the California COVID-19 Response website at

For more information about COVID-19 State of Emergency guidance from the Office of Head Start, including the Collaborating Actively in Meaningful Planning (CAMP) series, please visit their website at

For more information about COVID-19 and the Indian Health Services, who are working closely with tribal partners, state, local and public health partners to provide resources and supports during this public health threat, please visit their web page at


On June 5, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued Updated Guidance for Child Care Programs and Providers at that aims to support child care providers and programs as they begin to reopen and other programs transition from emergency childcare for essential workers to enhanced regular operations. To help all providers apply the new and updated policies and requirements and make updates to their emergency preparedness plan, there are also resources and tools available at the California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) Early Learning and Care Playbook website at which provides information and links to tips, training, and other resources that will help providers and parents as they navigate the new guidance and requirements. On June 8, 2020, the CDE released a guidance document that includes a section on school-based early learning and care programs, “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.” The guidance document can now be found on the CDE Stronger Together website at Please check out the new Guidance, Early Learning and Care Playbook, and CDE public school reopening guidance to support the wellness and safety of children, teachers, providers, staff, and families. 

Reopening info for providers LINKS

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Bleach use for disinfecting VIDEO:

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
All products on this list meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Finding a Product:
To find a product, enter the first two sets of its EPA registration number into the search bar below. You can find this number by looking for the EPA Reg. No. on the product label.
For example, if EPA Reg. No. 12345-12 is on List N, you can buy EPA Reg. No. 12345-12-2567 and know you’re getting an equivalent product. 
Search by EPA registration number:
Using Other Products
If you can’t find a product on this list to use against SARS-CoV-2, look at a different product's label to confirm it has an EPA registration number and that human coronavirus is listed as a target pathogen.
Follow the Label
When using an EPA-registered disinfectant, follow the label directions for safe, effective use. Make sure to follow the contact time, which is the amount of time the surface should be visibly wet, listed in the table below. Read our infographic on how to use these products:
These products are for use on surfaces, NOT humans.
Additional Resources
Still have questions? See our FAQs about this list.
Read our Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces.
Use EPA’s COVID-19 hub to find other resources.

Note: Inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement by EPA. Additional disinfectants may meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2. EPA will update this list with additional products as needed.

Disinfect Child Care Surfaces with a Bleach and Water Solution:

Preventing the spread of germs is a challenge in child care programs. A solution of household bleach and water is an inexpensive and easy way to disinfect surfaces and sanitize objects in child care programs. But child care providers need to be careful to use bleach correctly to ensure that children are safe and surfaces are properly disinfected or sanitized. 

New Bleach Concentrations Mean New Use Recommendations
In early 2013, manufacturers of household bleach changed the concentration of bleach sold in stores. The bleach solutions now sold have a higher concentration of sodium hypochlorite (8.25%). The lower-concentration bleaches are no longer being manufactured and soon will not be available in stores. Because the new bleaches are more concentrated, the recommendations for diluting a bleach solution for disinfecting now depend on the specific bleach that is used. Here are the latest recommendations for bleach use in child care: 
Use bleach products that have been registered with the EPA whenever possible. Check the product label for an EPA registration number. If the product has a number, it is EPA-registered.
If the bleach product is EPA-registered, go to the EPA’s Pesticide Product Label System website ( and enter the EPA registration number into the “EPA Registration Number” field of the online form. You should get a list of dates the EPA approved the product.
Click on the link next to the most recent EPA approval date. This link will open a PDF file of the manufacturer’s instructions. Scroll down to find a chart with instructions for using the product to sanitize or disinfect.
Follow the instructions on the chart when preparing bleach solution for use in child care. You may want to post these instructions near sinks and cleaning areas or tape the instructions to the bottle.
If you buy a new brand of bleach, remember to check the new brand using these instructions. The specific recommendations for diluting bleach may be different. Be sure to update any instructions or labels that are posted.
Do NOT mix household bleach with other household chemicals such as toilet cleaners, rust removers, acids, or products containing ammonia. Mixing these chemicals with bleach may produce toxic hazardous gases.

Using Bleaches without EPA Numbers
Child care programs that are using bleaches without an EPA number on the label should contact the state or local health department for information on how to safely use that particular bleach for disinfecting in a child care program.

Sanitizing versus Disinfecting
Bleach manufacturers include two kinds of instructions for bleach use: sanitizing and disinfecting. Although these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they mean different things. Before you mix up a bleach solution, be sure you are using the correct instructions. Sanitizing solutions use less bleach than disinfecting solutions. The manufacturer’s instructions will tell you the appropriate amount to use.
Sanitizing reduces germs to levels considered safe, but does not eliminate them. Sanitizing is safe for food contact surfaces (such as silverware and high chair trays) and for toys and pacifiers that children may place in their mouths.
Disinfecting eliminates or inactivates germs. Disinfecting requires a stronger concentration of bleach to kill the germs. Surfaces that should be disinfected include diaper changing tables, potty chairs, toilets, countertops, sinks, floors, drinking fountains, cabinet handles, and doorknobs.

Using Bleach-Water Safely in Child Care
Bleach-water solution is poisonous and can be dangerous to children. Keep children safe from accidental poisoning with these simple tips:

1.Clean objects and surfaces when children are not around, or place them out of children’s reach while they dry.
2. Do not allow children to handle bleach-water solution.
3. Keep children away from disinfected surfaces until the bleach-water solution dries.
4. Store bleach and other toxic chemicals in their original containers in a locked cabinet or closet.
5. Store bleach-water solution in a locked cabinet out of children’s reach.

Be sure to label spray bottles so adults will know what’s in them.

For More Information

Health and Safety in Child Care
Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Child Care

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