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Child Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

March 25, 2020

For Parents

Q: Why are child care programs able to stay open when schools are required to close?

The Department of Health has determined that although school districts have decided to close, child care programs may remain operational at this time.  If parents are working, we want families to have access to a safe place for their children to receive care. That said, we should anticipate that these small businesses may experience the same operational issues as schools, if they haven’t already, and anticipate some closures.

Q: What should I do if I need to find care for my child?

If you need child care because you are still working and your child care facility or school is closed, visit the Office of Child Care website at

Q: Can foster parents keep a child home from daycare (Rilya Wilson Act)?

Unless the child or someone in the household has a compromised immune system or they have flu-like symptoms and they have been advised to remain home or self-quarantine, they should continue to comply with the Rilya Wilson Act. If daycares and schools close down, they will be unable to comply with the Rilya Wilson Act for the period of time that they are closed. This should be considered an excused reason for the violation of the Rilya Wilson Act.