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Maryland Child Care COVID-19 Response & Preparedness Plan

Using This Build-A-Plan Tool to Develop a COVID-19 Policies and Procedures Plan

With the spread of COVID-19, child care providers are being asked to develop and implement new health and safety protocols to ensure children, families, and staff members are as safe as possible. This "Build-A-Plan Tool" was designed to help your program meet new state requirements, follow best practices and recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19, and make the decisions that are right for your staff and families and feasible within your specific program context. You may use the document produced by this tool as a supplement to your regular policies and procedures handbook and/or manual. 

This tool is based on the following guidance issued by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Maryland Department of Health (MDH):
Please note that programs must follow whatever regulations that apply to them that are the most stringent (e.g., if local health department and/or education office restrictions are more restrictive than state guidance, these take precedence).

By completing this tool and implementing your plan in your program, you are eligible for one (1) Professional Activity Unit (PAU) credit. Instructions for obtaining your personalized PAU verification letter are at the end of this tool. 



If you would prefer to use a Word document version of this tool, please click HERE for center-based programs/letter of compliance facilities and HERE for family child care homes.