Agenda for Children

COVID-19 Testing for Child Care Workers

Agenda for Children is partnering with Community Organized Response Effort (CORE) to provide weekly COVID-19 testing for child care workers, beginning in New Orleans. Testing is free for all. No ID or health insurance is required, and test results are available within 3-5 days via text or email.

The goal of this effort is to provide regular testing to all child care workers, which will help to identify cases early, and reduce the spread within centers. 

Why should child care workers get tested regularly for COVID-19, whether or not they’re symptomatic?

Child care staff are frontline workers who experience frequent and prolonged exposure to children, co-workers and families who may be infected with the virus. It is estimated that at least 40% of COVID-19 infections are asymptomatic, meaning many people will not know if they are carrying the virus. Regular testing will ensure that any cases can be isolated and contained before spreading further to other staff, children or families.

How often should child care workers get tested?

Workers are encouraged to get tested once a week through this initiative.

Where and when can I get tested?

This week, CORE will be at multiple locations:

You can find upcoming testing dates and locations HERE.

CORE also offers drive-through testing (which is paired with a food distribution) at St. Roch Park (1800 St Roch Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117) every other Wednesday between 4 pm and 7 pm. Upcoming dates include:

Is it mandatory?

COVID-19 testing for child care workers is completely voluntary.

What else do I need to know or bring?

Please bring your mobile phone, as it will make the registration and testing process faster. Additionally, do not consume any food, drinks or gum within 30 minutes before arrival for testing.


What can I expect when I get tested?

CORE has put together some great walkthrough videos, which are available in both English and Spanish.

Upcoming Testing Dates and Locations


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