HARRISBURG, Pa. - Governor Tom Wolf's administration released guidance on programs that provide childcare and recreational services amid the state's phased reopening plan.
Summer programs that provide child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth are permitted to operate without a waiver in counties in the yellow and green phases of the governor’s phased-in reopening plan as long as they follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for Youth and Summer Camps and the CDC Supplemental Guidance for Child Care That Remain Open.
Summer programs include child care facilities regulated by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the following part-day school age programs:
• A part-day school-age program that operates for less than 90 consecutive days per calendar year from the date the program opens to the date the program closes
• A part-day school age program that operates 2 hours or less per day for 3 or fewer days per week
• A part-day school age program that has a single purpose for the children’s attendance and that purpose is the only focus of the program (e.g., soccer or art class)
• A drop-in program where a child or youth may come and go at will.
Summer programs operating in counties in the yellow or green phase of the reopening plan must develop a written health and safety plan that follows the CDC guidance for Youth and Summer Camps and post the plan on the summer program’s publicly available website before providing services to children.
Summer programs in counties in the yellow or green phase may hold both indoor and outdoor activities. Group sizes for summer programs that are permitted to operate in counties in the yellow phase are also covered in the guidance.
The state also explains requirements on staff and youth face-coverings in child care and summer programs allowed to operate in yellow phase counties.
There are no enrollment restrictions on summer programs in the counties in the yellow or green phase. Public playgrounds may be used by child care providers and summer programs offered in counties in the yellow or green phase.
Organized sports are only permitted in counties in the green phase of the governor’s phased reopening plan. Organized team sports and events are defined as physical activity directed by adult or youth leaders that involves rules and formal practice and competition.
That includes school and club sports as well as youth and adult formal activities.