State Level Data on Child Care Facilities

Last updated August 11th 2020, 1:39:20am

We’ve been collecting our own data from child care and camp settings, but meanwhile states are, sort of, reporting their own. The trouble is, you have to glean information from their individual state dashboards. Or, in some cases, from news releases. This is not ideal! So we thought we’d put it together for you. Below, for each state, we report what we can find from “official” sources.

(If you know of ones we’ve missed, let us know!)

A key note here is that in nearly all cases the states are limited to reporting cases in child care settings, or clusters, and rarely do they provide any information on numbers of total people working in these settings or enrolled. So, these data are only useful to a point.

Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports the number of congregate settings with confirmed positive COVID-19 cases on its data dashboard. As of August 10, 2020, the number of child/day care facilities with positive COVID-19 cases is 6.

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California

The California Department of Social Services Child Care Program Office collects data on positive COVID-19 cases for child care facilities statewide. Cases are reported for state-licensed child care facilities that have at least nine or more children in care to protect confidentiality. The department reports the number of open child care centers and the number of positive cases in children, parents, and staff by county.

As of August 10, 2020, the total number of COVID-19 cases in child care facilities is 1443.


This table shows the change in the statewide total number of COVID-19 positive cases in child care facilities for the given period.

This table shows the total number of child care facilities and family child care homes that are currently open.

This table shows the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in child care facilities and family child care homes among staff, children, parents and others (such as non-parent family members).

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Colorado

Data on confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks in various settings — including child care centers, group homes, and camps — are updated weekly on the Colorado State Web Portal as an Excel file. Case counts are provided by each facility with an outbreak, which is defined as two or more confirmed cases that began in a 14-day period. Both active and resolved outbreaks are listed. This table shows the case counts and number of facilities affected as of August 7, 2020:

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Georgia

Temporary closures (not necessarily due to COVID-19 outbreaks) of child care facilities are updated daily by Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning. The Department also reports some information about confirmed COVID-19 cases by county. This table shows the number of licensed child facilities that are temporarily closed as of August 10, 2020:

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Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports data on cases in daycare and schools on its data dashboard and in its COVID-19 Summary, which is updated three times per week. This table shows the cumulative number of COVID-19 outbreaks in daycare sites and schools as of August 10, 2020:

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Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services reports data on cases in state operated facilities and congregate care sites by state agency. Agencies report data from group homes, with the exception of The Department of Youth Services, which includes both group homes and facility settings, many of which are co-located. Client cases and recoveries are only for clients included in the current census and do not include all site cases and recoveries over time.

This table shows the number of positive cases in congregate care sites in Massachusetts as of August 4, 2020:

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Minnesota

While Minnesota doesn’t report data on cases in child care centers on their state COVID dashboard, a press release from July 9th contains some information about transmission and case counts in child care settings. In most cases, transmission was among adults and staff members, not children. The table below lists the number of centers with at least one case, the number with two or more cases, and the total number of child care facilities in the state as of 2019.

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Nevada

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services reports case counts in child care facilities on its dashboard of facilities with positive COVID cases. The dashboard breaks down case numbers by children and staff, and reports the number of childcare facilities with confirmed positive cases by county. This table shows the number of confirmed cases among residents and staff in childcare facilities in Nevada as of August 10, 2020:

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North Carolina

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports information about outbreaks and clusters in child care and school settings on its data dashboard. It also updates the COVID-19 Ongoing Clusters in Child Care and School Settings Report twice a week. The report includes the names of licensed child care and school settings where there is an ongoing cluster, and the number of positive COVID-19 cases and deaths related to that cluster. Child care or school settings with less than 10 children or staff are not included to protect confidentiality.

A COVID-19 cluster is defined as a minimum of five laboratory confirmed cases with illness onset or initial positive results within a 14-day period and plausible epidemiologic linkage between cases. A cluster is considered over if there is no evidence of continued transmission within the setting. This is measured as 28 days with no new cases after the latest date of onset in a symptomatic person or the latest date of testing in an asymptomatic person.

The report also contains a previous clusters section, which includes clusters that have been closed since the last report was published.

This table shows the number of clusters in child care and school settings as of August 10, 2020:

This table shows the number of weekly ongoing clusters in child care/school settings as of August 10, 2020:

This table shows the number of previous clusters since the last report that are now considered over as of August 10, 2020:

Sources: data dashboard, weekly ongoing clusters

Ohio

Although Ohio does not report positive cases in childcare settings on its data dashboard, the governor addressed case counts linked to childcare in a recent update. After contact tracing was performed, approximately 75% of cases were determined to be from community spread.

This table reflects the data that was announced by Governor DeWine on July 28.

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Oregon

The Oregon Public Health Division lists outbreaks in schools and child care facilities in its COVID-19 Weekly Report. In order to protect privacy, the Oregon Health Authority only reports school and child care outbreaks with five or more cases, and only for schools or child care centers with at least 30 students. If more than 50% of the population at the school or child care center are COVID-19 cases, then specific case numbers are not reported. Case counts include all persons linked to the outbreak, which may include household members or other close contacts. Resolved outbreaks are reported after 28 days without a new case.

This table lists the child care facilities with current COVID-10 outbreaks of August 5, 2020:

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Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services shares data on the cumulative number of cases in state-licensed child care facilities, residential treatment settings, group homes, and other congregate care facilities. Positive cases are reported for both children and staff by county and by state agency. Data is self-reported by providers and is not validated against data from the Department of Health. Case counts for these facilities may be retroactively adjusted.

The tables below reflect cumulative case counts as of August 10, 2020 for each of the following state agencies.

Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) Licensed Child Care Facilities:

Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Licensed Residential Facilities:

Office of Child, Youth, and Families (OCYF) Licensed Residential Facilities:

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island does not officially report data on child care centers, but Governor Raimundo has provided some data during a news conference. This table reflects the figures in the announcement from Governor Raimundo, which was reported by The Providence Journal on July 29, 2020.

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Texas

Although Texas does not report data on child care centers on its public pages, case counts have been reported in news articles. This table shows information that has been gathered from various news outlets.

Sources: Texas Tribune, KVUE

Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Human Services does not maintain a tally of how many children or staffers have tested positive. However, the Tennessee Lookout has reported on the estimated number of child care facilities with positive cases. A full list of affected child care facilities as of July 10 can be found here. As of July 14, the estimated number of child care facilities with positive COVID-19 cases is 47.

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Utah

The Utah Department of Health reports community outbreaks in schools and child care facilities on its COVID-19 Surveillance dashboard. Two or more cases associated with a setting outside of the household within 14 days is considered an outbreak. Outbreak data are preliminary and may change as public health completes investigations or updates analyses.

This table shows the number of cases in schools and child care facilities as of August 10, 2020:

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Virginia

The Virginia Department of Health reports data on outbreaks in various types of facilities on its COVID-19 daily dashboard. Educational settings are one of the categories, but there are no separate categories for childcare or daycare facilities.

This table shows the number of outbreaks, cases, and deaths in all educational settings as of August 10, 2020.

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