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Updated Operating Guidance for Child Care Programs During COVID-19

North Dakota’s Department of Human Services has published updated operating guidance for child care providers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The state is increasing the maximum group size in child care settings from 10 to 15. This does not change adult-to-child staffing ratios set for licensed child cares, but it will allow flexibility in grouping children and adults.

There are several updates to screening questions and practices, including updated symptom lists and guidance on how to address child care attendance if a household member has been identified as having been in direct contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19.

Details about the modified operating practices are online at www.nd.gov/dhs/info/covid-19/child-care.html.

in addition to the updated guidelines, the Department of Human Services has extended the state’s Child Care Emergency Operating Grant program through July 3.