Information to share with your families about COVID-19

With COVID-19 (coronavirus) having officially made its way to Colorado, we wanted to ensure you had access to any information you may want to share with your families about the virus. I’m sure many of you have already started to put plans in place and are thinking deeply about how to respond to coronavirus, but we wanted to reiterate some of the best factual information that we have come across.

One resource is the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s website, which provides information and resources about coronavirus, including:

  • What You Should Know
  • How it spreads
  • Symptoms
  • Prevention & treatment
  • Testing
  • Information for communities, schools, and businesses
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Health departments
  • Travel
  • Laboratories

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website recommends best practices to follow, including:

  • Stay home if you or your family are sick or experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

For general questions about coronavirus, families can call the Colorado Health Emergency Line for the Public at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email COHELP@RMPDC.org.

The Council has also put together the following links with more information, specific to caregivers and families:

Resource

Description

Target Audience

A checklist for helping child care providers plan and protect the health of the children in their care and their families (for flu, but useful in case of coronavirus)

Child care program administrators

An article from Ed week with a guide that supports education leaders

Providers and school leaders

This article describes ways educators can discuss Coronavirus with their students

Educators

An easy-to-read bulleted list of tips to remember when discussing Coronavirus with children

Parents and educators

A short article from the Guardian that helps parents and caregivers talk to children about the Coronavirus

Parents and caregivers

A short article from the New York Times that describes what to know about the Coronavirus and how to keep anxiety in check when discussing the situation

Parents and caregivers

A comic from NPR that supports children’s understanding of the Coronavirus

Parents and caregivers

We are looking at all possible options as to how we can best help and support you through this uncharted territory, as the well-being of our providers, children and families is at the core of our mission. We are keeping a close eye on how things are progressing and are in touch with our partners about their plans and available resources – we will keep you apprised of any updates in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us as well at info@dpp.org if you have any questions.