Supporting Local Coordination and Collaboration for ReOpening Preschool Programs
The preschool years are unique and require differentiated attention from upper elementary, middle, and high school grades. As a result of COVID-19, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, including Title I Preschool, Exceptional Children’s Preschool and the Head Start State Collaboration Office, are partnering with the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education, including NC Pre-K, to provide support to preschool programs. This virtual meeting shared preschool reopening plans and offered attendees a chance to ask questions.
- Carla Garrett, Title I Preschool Consultant, NC Department of Public Instruction
- Karen McKnight, Director, Head Start State Collaboration Office
- Dawn Meskil, Interim Coordinator, Preschool Exceptional Children, NC Department of Public Instruction
- Kristi Snuggs, Deputy Director, NC Division of Child Development and Early Education
- Muffy Grant, Executive Director, NC Early Childhood Foundation
As a reminder, a reopening application must be completed for all licensed classrooms and procedures should be reviewed with the DCDEE licensing consultant. DCDEE recommends providers submit the Child Care Provider Reopening Application at least 48 hours in advance of their reopening date. Licensed facilities must receive approval from DCDEE to reopen.
The PowerPoint presentation is available to the right under “Related Resources.” Other resources shared during the virtual meeting are linked here:
- Child Care Toolkit (August 6th, 2020) and Spanish
- Strong Schools Public Health Toolkit (K-12) and Frequently Asked Questions
- Interim COVID-19 Reopening Policies for NC Pre-K Programs
- Memorandum on Preschool Programs and K-12 Public Health Guidance
- Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 (K-12)
- Licensed Child Care Reopening Application
American Academy of Pediatrics: COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry