Effective March 18, 2020 at 7pm, our child care homes will be CLOSED until March 31, 2020.
Plan, Prepare and Respond to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Infant Toddler Family Day Care is continuing to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our local area. We are working to ensure accurate and helpful information is provided to our child care providers and families.
Update: March 25, 2020: In response to Virginia Governor Northam’s call on March 23, 2020 for existing child care providers to offer and prioritize services to children of essential personnel, ITFDC has identified a number of child care homes in our system who are stepping up in this time of emergency. Families of essential personnel in need of child care can start a search by contacting ITFDC by phone or by completing an online application. Please note that ITFDC has decided to waive the enrollment fee at this time to essential personnel families.
Update: March 18, 2020: Our child care homes will be CLOSED as of 7pm today until March 31, 2020. The ITFDC office will be supported by remote staff; email and voice messages will be responded to as soon as possible.
Update: March 17, 2020:
The ITFDC office is practicing social distancing so most staff members will be working remotely. Please note though ITFDC is still available by phone (703-352-3449) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to support you. We will be doing our best to check & respond to email and voice mail.
Update: March 16, 2020:
We have put the following procedures into practice at our child care homes:
- Providers are advised to review emergency contact information for enrolled children.
- In the event a parent of a child must be quarantined, advise the parent they cannot enter the child care homes for any reason, including picking up their child. If the parent is exhibiting signs of illness or has been tested and is positive for the virus, they must utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child. If the parent is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, provider should walk out or deliver the child to the parent outside the child care home. The child must not return to the child care home for the duration of the quarantine.
- If the child care home is closing for issues related to COVID-19, contact Infant Toddler Family Day Care immediately. Provider should also notify Infant Toddler Family Day Care if a child in the program has been quarantined.
- Screening Questions: all persons entering the child care homes will be assessed based on a series of questions on travel history, health conditions etc. as recommended by the CDC, before permission to enter will be granted.
Update: March 13, 2020:
- Please note that as of today, in order to protect the children and providers in our child care homes as well as our staff, Infant Toddler Family Day Care child care specialists will NOT be making visits to child care homes in-person. Instead, providers will still be supported by other means; ex. phone calls. There will still be on-going communications to address issues that might arise.
- All Virginia public schools K-12 have been ordered by Governor Northam to close for a minimum of two weeks. Our homes will stay OPEN unless agencies such as VA DSS, VDH, etc directs us to close or the situation changes for our program that affects us. We continue to monitor the situation.
Update: March 11, 2020: We are aware that Fairfax County Public Schools will be CLOSED on Monday, March 16. Please note that our office and child care homes will be OPENED on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Our Current Plan of Action (Updated March 10, 2020):
- Children must be kept home if showing any signs of illness or has a family member showing signs of an illness. Providers are to close their home if they or a family member shows signs of illness. If a child becomes ill in the child care home, the provider will notify the parents and the parents must pick up their child as soon as possible.
Child care specialists will call homes first to make sure there is no illness in the home before visits.
All staff should stay home if they show any signs of illness or a family member is showing signs of illness.
Staff can work from home due to illness as needed.
Below are a few reminders to help protect both the children in care and providers:
- Children and provider should wash their hands often, including when they arrive at the program, and especially before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or using the bathroom. Children and provider should also avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.
- Children should be reminded of proper coughing and sneezing techniques to prevent transmission of germs.
- In addition, it’s a good time to ask parents to review their child’s file to be sure their contact information and emergency pick-up contact information is correct and up to date.
- To help stop the spread of all germs, families should be encouraged to monitor their child for symptoms of illness and keep children home when they are sick.
Please Stay up to Date:
Follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control to stop the spread of germs. Please refer to this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
Fairfax County Health Department – Monitor its Coronavirus page for updates and information
Virginia Department of Health – Monitor its Coronavirus page for status updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has guidances for schools and childcare programs