Posted Monday, June 1st, 2020
Outlines Safety Standards for Centers
Following Governor Murphy’s signing of Executive Order No. 149, which will reopen childcare centers in Morris County and across the state beginning June 15, the state Department of Children and Families has released specific operating guidance for centers required to preserve the health and safety of children, staff and families being served.
The childcare safety guidelines are posted on the NJ DCF website and will be communicated to all licensed childcare centers in the State of New Jersey, would require centers to abide by certain safety guidelines as a condition of reopening. Among the safe guidelines for childcare centers:
Licensed childcare centers will be required to file an attestation form with the Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing, indicating that they plan to reopen and will follow the prescribed safety guidelines, modeled after best practices and standards released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations.
Office of Licensing inspectors will begin to visit licensed childcare centers beginning June 15 in order to support centers in implementing safety guidance.
“This is an important step forward in New Jersey’s reopening strategy, ensuring a safe, stable and seamless childcare infrastructure for New Jersey’s returning workforce, not just those designated as essential,” said state DCF Commissioner Christine Norbut Beyer.
“It probably comes as welcome relief for parents who did not know how they were going to juggle summer care or childcare needs with their job responsibilities. But to be able to take this step safely, we have to move forward in a planful and methodical way to support centers and camps in reducing the likelihood of spreading the virus.”