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Teachers, parents and caregivers have been resourceful, creative, and patient in supporting at-home learning. Child care and early learning centers have been critical in supporting workers on the front line of our COVID-19 response. We commend all their efforts! Please check this site for frequently updated guidance to keep children and young people safe in Child care settings and campus housing.


Currently all schools and higher education institutions in Washington State will be closed for in-person instruction through the end of this school year. Some school sites are operating "Grab and Go" student meal sites in King County.

Child care and early learning programs are open. They play a critical role in keeping emergency rooms operating, essential businesses functioning, and our children safe as some parents continue working. Our Child care providers are superheroes: From a parent in Public Health.

Report concerns about a case, cluster or outbreak in a schools and childcare setting.


Guidance documents

  • Expanded list of COVID-19 symptoms
  • Symptom screening upon arrival for children and staff
  • Recommendation for children over 2 years of age and staff to wear non-medical face coverings, if feasible
  • Guidance for temporarily isolating individuals who become symptomatic while in care
  • Change from 7 to 10 days of isolation for individuals who are showing COVID-19 symptoms or are a confirmed case
  • Updated notification/reporting guidelines to PHSKC of suspected or confirmed cases (children and staff)
  • Guidance on option for child cares serving families in essential services to remain open during 14-day symptom watch

Prevent and prepare for COVID-19 in child care


Respond to suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in child care

Additional resources


Signs to print and post to help establishments communicate with their customers and staff the steps they are taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19.

Posters for families and staff at childcare centers