All child care centers in the State, including school-operated programs, drop-in programs, day camps, religious education programs, and licensed centers, must certify by Friday, March 27, 2020, that they will solely serve as emergency child care centers for the children of essential workers. The child care center must demonstrate that it will provide child care services exclusively to “essential persons” during the school closure period and show that it will follow all applicable emergency child care standards. Child care centers that do not certify that they will exclusively care for children of essential workers must close by Wednesday, April 1.

This Order does not apply to “at-home” family day care serving five children or fewer. These Family Child Care providers, registered or unregistered, can also remain open.

Child care centers may access a form at the Department of Children and Families to get certified. If those criteria are satisfied, the Commissioner of Children and Families shall authorize the child care center to remain open or resume operations.

"Essential persons" who child care centers may serve include, but are not limited to:

  • Health care workers;
  • Law enforcement personnel, fire and emergency services personnel, and staff at correctional facilities;
  • Individuals employed at operating child care centers as of April 1, 2020;
  • Staff working for entities that provide essential social services;
  • Essential government employees who are unable to work from home; and
  • Certain critical workers at essential retail businesses.

Updated: March 27, 2020
Source: Executive Order No. 110

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