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Daycare and Child Care Facilities

Dallas County Health and Human Services - 2377 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207
Telephone: 214-819-2000

Guidance for Daycare and Child Care Administrators

Instructions and documents you will need are in the tabs below:

Steps to prevent COVID-19: Checklist (PDF)

Steps to take when you have a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in your facility: Checklist (PDF)

Other things you will need to consider:

  1. Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open (CDC)
  2. Texas Department of State Health Services Minimum Recommended Health Protocols (TX DSHS)
  3. Ensure that all child care providers have taken required health and safety training related to COVID-19 through the Texas A&M AgrilLife extension. The following training is required:
    1. When & How to Provide Child Care During COVID-19
    2. Special Considerations for Infection Control during COVID-19 
  4. At the end of the course, you will be issued a certificate that is required to be presented for each child care provider during your facility inspection.

Under the authority of Texas Government Code Section 418.108, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins Orders that employers shall not implement any rules making a negative COVID-19 test or a note from a healthcare provider a requirement before a COVID-19 recovered employee can return to work.

If you become aware of a positive COVID-19 case in a child, staff member, or volunteer at your facility, please complete a COVID-19 Positive Case Daycare Report Form and email the completed form to: Daycareoutbreaks@dallascounty.org.

Close Contacts of a COVID-19 case that are not completing a 14-day quarantine also need to be reported to Dallas County. You will need to complete a Close Contact COVID-19 Daycare Report Form and email the completed form to: Daycareoutbreaks@dallascounty.org.

You will also need to notify the state HHS's Dallas Child Care Licensing Office when you have a positive case of COVID-19 in your facility at 1-800-582-6036 or 214-583-4253.

You will need to disinfect your facility.

You will need to notify the staff members, parents, and volunteers at your facility that there has been a positive case of COVID-19. Here are some documents that can help you do this:

Dallas County HHS recommends that close contacts quarantine for 14 days after their exposure to a lab-test-confirmed case of COVID-19. For further details, please see the DCHHS Recommendations for Duration of Quarantine and advise all close contacts in quarantine to complete a Symptom Tracking Card.

  1. Require sick children and staff to stay home.
  2. Have a plan if someone is or becomes sick at your facility.
    • Reserve an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child. Then have their parents pick them up immediately.
    • Have a staff member, who is already a close contact of the child, remain near the isolation area to observe and care for the child.
  3. Wear a mask covering your mouth and nose. Everyone 2 years or older should wear a mask in childcare facilities, except when eating or sleeping.
  4. Wash your hands frequently. 
  5. Practice social distancing  by staying 6 feet away from others and avoiding crowds.
  6. Cover coughs and sneezes.
  7. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces with EPA approved disinfectants.
  8. Monitor you health daily by watching for symptoms like fever (100.4), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. Childcare programs conducting temperature screening should consider a combination of screening methods that use increased distance and physical barriers.
  9. Getting vaccinated as soon as the opportunity is available is an important way for staff to stay safe and be less likely to get seriously ill from COVID-19. CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older to help protect against COVID-19. You can learn more about this here.

More information may be found at the CDC's webpage: How To Protect Yourself and Others.