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COVID-19 Updates

(Resources for Child Care Providers and Parents can be found here.)

March 2021
Updated guidance for families with young children in PreK and child care. English and Spanish

January 2021

1/12/2021 Dear Provider Letters from OCFS - English | Spanish

1/4/2021 Rockland County Department of Health: Quarantine/Isolation Duration Change and new NYS Travel Advisory

COVID SUPPORT GROUPS: VCS provides innovative award-winning programs and services in response to community needs and is offering a variety of free COVID support groups for teens beginning at age 14 and for adults. There is also a support group for adults 60 +; a group held in Spanish; and a group for health care providers. If you would like to sign up for a support group or if you have any questions, please contact Ileana LaGrutta at 631-533-6338 or or Snathalia Supreme at 845-243-0345 or  VCS is also offering a support group in Spanish: Si desea inscribirse en el grupo de apoyo o si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con Susana Cruz al 845-213-3778 o correo electronico a o Wonda Perez al 724-610-9542 o correo electronico a

9.29.20 CARES 3 Child Care Scholarship for Essential Workers.  Learn more here.

6.26.20 CARES 2 Application extended until July 22, 2020.  
ENGLISH: Instructions, Home-based and center application Legally Exempt application, a budget template, and grant opportunity document which may be helpful when completing their application.
SPANISH: Instructions, application Legally Exempt application, and grant opportunity document
CHINESE SIMPLIFIED: Instructions, application, Legally Exempt application, and grant opportunity document.
CHINESE TRADITIONAL: Instructions, applicationLegally Exempt application, and grant opportunity application. 

Completed submissions should be sent  to: (licensed/registered) or (legally exempt). 

6.26.20 UPDATED GUIDANCE for Child Care and Day Camp. This guidance is available English, Bengali, Chinese, traditionalHaitian Creole, KoreanRussian, and Spanish. Summary of Guidance can be found here. Business Reopening Plan Template can be found here.

6.24.20 Updated Resource Guide - From the United Way of Rockland and the Rockland County Community Organizations Active in Disaster -  Information & Resources to Navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic.

6.17.20 NYS Reopening Safety Plan Template 

6.10.20 INTERIM GUIDANCE for Child Care and Day Camp Programs - OCFS has released interim guidance for child care and day camp programs. Mandatory and recommended best practices can be found in this summary.

6.9.20  New York Forward Loan Fund: Child Care Programs with fewer than 20 employees, and who did not receive funds through the Small Business Administration Loan Programs or Paycheck Protection Programs are eligible to apply for a loan through the New York Forward program

6.3.20 New York Forward Safety Plan Template for Businesses

UNITED WAY OF ROCKLAND COUNTY- The UWRC is committed to the health, safety and security of the community. They can provide a variety of resources to help you through this crisis. Go to UWRC to learn more.

5.13.20 Rockland Housing Action Coalition - Click here for information about obtaining a rent subsidy.

5.13.20 Updated Resource Guide - From the United Way of Rockland and the Rockland County Community Organizations Active in Disaster -  Information & Resources to Navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic.

4.22.20  Resource Guide from the United Way of Rockland County - Information & Resources to Navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic: This resource guide provides a comprehensive list of resources to serve our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

4.21.20 Interim Guidance re: masks for children in child care (read document here): Children do not need to wear face coverings when they are in a child care program. In addition, the outdoor space that belongs exclusively to the child care program is not considered a public place.

4.14.20  April 9th Webinar Recording: Tom Copeland’s Small Business Administration Opportunities and Economic Relief for Child Care Providers 
SBA Loan and Forgiveness Training Powerpoint Presentation, SBA Loan and Forgiveness Training - Spanish version

4.14.20  Loan guidance for child care providers: Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) 

4.14.20 Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open - from the CDC (updated April 12, 2020)

4.9.20  ZOOM Meeting Recording - Financial Information for Child Care Providers: April 9, 2020 at 10:00 am.

4.9.20  Upcoming and Recorded Coronavirus Webinars from Child Care Aware of America can be found here.

4.7.20  IMPORTANT ZOOM MEETING Financial Information for Child Care Providers: April 9, 2020 at 10:00 am. Advance registration required. Register here by Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 pm. Submit questions in advance (by noon on April 8) to Vicki Caramante. All registrants will receive the Zoom meeting link by end of business day, Wednesday.

3.31.20  Please see guidance from New York State Department of Health regarding essential personnel returning to work, and an accompanying cover letter from Janice Molnar,  Deputy Commissioner, OCFS. This guidance pertains to public and private sector organizations that provide essential services or functions, including child care providers. 

3.26.20 The Governor has opened a Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314, more information can be found here.

3.24.20  CHILD CARE NEEDS SURVEY: First responders and emergency care workers who need child care, please complete this survey. Required documentation should be sent to

3.23.20  | 2:00 pm Child Care Provider Resource for programs that are open during the COVID-19 pandemic from CCRR's nurse, Kristin G. Saunders, RN, BSN

3.20.20 | 12:00 pm Information regarding Coronavirus Contact from the NYS Department of Health

3.19.20 | 3:50 pm  OCFS has advised that the Governor’s call for a 75% reduction of staffing does not apply to child care providers as “Child care is considered to be an essential function.”

OCFS has shared its latest Informational Letter this afternoon to “reiterate certain important information for child care providers necessary for them to continue operations during the current public health emergency.”

OCFS is also seeking assistance from licensed and registered child care programs and their employees. Child care workers who are temporarily out of work due to COVID-19 related program closures may be able to help fill vital roles at other child care programs. If you are interested in helping support your community by helping to keep local child care programs operating-especially to care for children of health care and other critical workers, please complete the Survey for Current Child Care Workers. Your responses will be shared with local child care programs that are in need of staff.

Providers, please continue to contact us with your open/close and capacity status.

Parents, please continue to contact us if you are in need of child care, especially if you are an emergency care worker.

3.19.20 | 11:44 am  We have just been made aware of the Governor’s call to reduce the on-site workforce from no more than 50% to no more than 25%. We are awaiting guidance from OCFS on if or how this will affect child care programs, which we will share as soon as possible.

3.18.20 | 2:00 pm  County Executive says child care sites can open tomorrow (March 19, 2020). 

From the County of Rockland

Daycare in Rockland County Allowed to Open

New City, NY, - Daycare providers in Rockland County will be allowed to reopen on Thursday, March 19, pursuant to Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order.

“We have received communication from the Governor’s Office insisting that their orders supersede those of the County. We have chosen to honor this request and allow daycare providers to open. If you require further guidance please contact the Governor’s Office at 518-474-8390,” said County Executive Ed Day. “While this goes against our best judgement and the judgement of our Commissioner of Health, the Governor is allowing daycare providers to open. Any residents who have questions about whether their business should be opened or closed in an effort to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections should direct their questions to the Governor’s Office.”  This is a rapidly evolving situation and we ask residents to remain calm and please be patient as we make adjustments to policy on an as needed basis to protect the public health.


Read the amended State of Emergency Order.

3.17.20 | 5:45 pm  For Families and Child Care Providers 

Thank you for your patience as we work with all our contacts at the state and local level to clarify the Governor’s Executive Order and the County’s declaration about day care programs. NYS OCFS has released a letter stating, “Governor Cuomo and his administration consider child care to be an essential function critical to enabling parents to go to work.”

We understand the County is working with NYS to clarify guidance on child care programs received from NYS. Please check the County’s website and social media this evening in case further updates are posted.

Providers, please continue to advise your licensor and CCRR if you are closed. Please also continue to let us know daily if you have capacity in your program and/or if you have applied for a waiver.

Parents, especially those of emergency responders, if you are in need of child care, please email with details and our staff will get back to you.

3.17.20 | 1:30 pm For Families:  Please have a look at Helping Children Cope with an Unexpected Emergency Period at Home. We hope you will find this information useful.

3.17.20 | 10:00 am  Child Care Programs: Please know we are working as fast as we can to get the right information as per the Governor and the County Executive out to you and to families. We ask that you please be patient.

3.16.20 | 3:15 pm ** Important Information for Child Care Providers- FAQs for Child Care Programs.** Read here.

3.16.20 | 12:00 pm In light of the Governor’s request that employees work from home where possible, as of Tuesday, March 17, the CCRR offices will close. All staff are able to continue working remotely and will check their voicemail messages every couple of hours. If at any time you should need to immediately reach one of our staff, please contact Executive Director Vicki Caramante at 845-422-7972 and she will make sure the appropriate staff person returns your call.

For child care providers and parents: We are working to clarify the many questions that have been raised by announcements made by national, state, and local officials, and we will share answers to those questions as quickly as we can. 

The following information was received this morning from the Early Care and Learning Council on behalf of OCFS:

As many of you may know, the governor has issued Executive Order No 202.1 Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws Relating to the Disaster Emergency. While this emergency direction states that there can be regulatory flexibility in the standards for staff/child ratios in all child care modalities; it is important to note that this is on a case by case basis and a waiver must be submitted to OCFS. OCFS NEEDS TO APPROVE YOUR LIMITED TIME WAIVER PRIOR TO IMPLEMENTATION. OCFS is committed to reviewing waivers as soon as they are received so that services are not interrupted.

Additional Information for Child Care Programs
OCFS will not be making determinations on program closures due to COVID-19. Such closures will be directed by local Departments of Health. If a child contracts COVID-19 and is in contact with other children, the child and the exposed children should not be allowed to attend their current, or any other, child care program. Programs should also notify the regional office and their CCR&R if a child in the program has been quarantined.

If a child care program is closing for issues related to COVID-19, they are required by OCFS regulation to immediately notify the regional office and their CCR&R.

At this time, all new staff must still follow the CBC process; they must be fingerprinted and have a current medical statement before starting work in a program and paperwork must be submitted for a Comprehensive Background Check. Currently, OCFS does not have flexibility in this area.

OCFS is currently working to develop FAQs. We will share them as soon as received.

3.16.20 | 9:00 am The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) order to close preschools (posted to Facebook over the weekend) applies only to 4410 agencies: Hamaspik, HASC, SNJ in Stony Point, A Starting Place, Prime Time for Kids, Fred S. Keller School, and Jawonio. We are waiting on additional guidance from NYS and Rockland County.