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Considerations for Developmental Needs of Infants and Toddlers in Child Care Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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ZERO TO THREE offers the following recommendations related to mental health and relationships to layer on top of CDC Guidelines to ensure that the developmental needs of babies and families are a part of state re-opening plans.

Ask Congress to Take the Next Step for Babies!

Infant-toddler advocates know that the COVID-19 crisis will hit babies and their families particularly hard.

Urge Congress to act now

Child Care programs across the country have begun to re-open and re-connect with families as states make decisions about stay-at-home and social distancing orders. In cases where child care programs have remained open, they are navigating changing local conditions and guidance. State leaders are helping child care providers to access and understand the CDC child care guidelines as a baseline for health and safety procedures. Many states are also providing a set of state-specific rules and guidelines to protect children and families. ZERO TO THREE has compiled the following additional recommendations related to mental health and relationships to layer on top of the essential physical health and safety guidelines provided by the CDC to ensure that the developmental needs of babies and families are a part of state re-opening plans.

Download the document below to learn more about how to meet the mental health needs of children and adults during this time as well as ways to maintain relationships with families of young children while meeting the new health and safety guidelines.