Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Resources

Our thoughts are with you as we all face the challenges of coping with the outbreak of the Coronavirus and the rapid changes it is bringing to our daily lives. We know that parents and child care providers are significantly impacted right now, and we will be continuing our advocacy work on behalf of young children, their families, and their educators. Click here to read our full statement on this public health issue.

On this page, we will be sharing the latest news, guidance, and resources, as well as keeping you updated on ways that you can take action to support families and the early childhood system. Help guide and inform our work by sharing your story about how this is impacting you and what support you think is needed.

Things are evolving quickly, so please check back regularly for the latest updates. We wish you all continued good health and safety as we work together in these unprecedented times to do what’s best for our state’s young children.


News and Resources

Click here to download our Early Education COVID-19 Advocacy Toolkit (June 1)

Click here to view our policy brief: North Carolina’s Child Care Crisis During COVID-19 (May 28)

Click here to read our new blog: NC Can’t Reopen without Child Care (April 21)

Click here to view our position statement on child care closure during the COVID-19 crisis (March 24)

Critical Information for Child Care Centers from NC DHHS/DCDEE:

Operational Grants for Open Child Care Programs

COVID-19 Child Care Reopening Application

Revised Flexibility in Policy and Regulatory Requirements

COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies

    • DCDEE has released important COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy information. One of the key updates is that DCDEE will make Subsidized Child Care Program payments to ALL subsidized child care providers for March, April, and May service months, regardless of whether the facility is open or closed. Another update includes increased bonus payments for child care teachers and staff.

Child Care FAQ’s for Providers

A message for early childhood teachers from DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen

Additional Updates and Guidance provided by NC DHHS/DCDEE

Parents in Need of Child Care:

If you are a parent who provides necessary services to, or cares for, members of our communities, and your child care has fallen through or is unavailable because of closures, please call this number to be connected with the right fit for you and your child: 1-888-600-1685.

    • Click here to download a flyer in English and Spanish
    • Child care options are for parents whose typical child care arrangements are unavailable due to school or child care closings and who cannot access other care. Options are available for infants up to children age 12.
    • Under the direction of Gov. Cooper, NC DHHS, the NC Department of Public Instruction, and the NC Child Care Resource & Referral Network and partners across the state are working together to provide these vital child care options.

Coalition Update Webinars:
Monday, April 27 – recording and presentation
Wednesday, April 8 – recording, Coalition presentation, Self-Help Credit Union/SBA presentation
Wednesday, April 1 – recording and presentation
Wednesday, March 25 – recording and presentation
Additional webinar updates, including presentations and recordings, can be found on our Tuesdays for Tots page.

Resources for SBA Loans and Unemployment:
Self-Help Credit Union: PPP Guide, Federal Resources Guide, PPP Checklist and Calculator
Committee on Economic Development (CED): Podcast for Child Care Centers, Podcast for Family Child Care Homes, other financial resources
First Five Years Fund SBA/PPP Summary for Child Care Providers
U.S. Chamber of Commerce SBA Guide
National Employment Law Project Unemployment Fact Sheet

Resources from NC Early Childhood Organizations:

CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund

  • Child Care Services Association (CCSA), in collaboration with North Carolina’s Smart Start network and CCR&Rs, have joined together to create the CCSA COVID-19 Relief Fund for child care programs. Donate or apply now!

NC Partnership for Children: April 9th Presentation to the House Select Committee on COVID-19, Health Care Working Group
CCR&R System: Child care providers: help inform parents about your availability or closure by updating your program’s open/closed status.

Resources for Child Care Providers and Parents from National Organizations:
ZERO TO THREE: How is Congress Addressing the Needs of Babies and Families?
ZERO TO THREE: The Policy Response to COVID-19
ZERO TO THREE: How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus
Child Care Aware of America: Coronavirus News and Resources (including a webinar, decision-making guidance for centers, and policy resources)
NAEYC: News and Resources (including a survey for child care centers and an online community for questions)
NAEYC: Child Care in Crisis – Understanding the Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic
CLASP: Federal policy resources
NPR: Just for Kids – a Comic Exploring Coronavirus
American Academy of Pediatrics: Resources for Parents

Resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
Guidance for Schools and Child Care Centers
Guidance for Pregnant Women and Children
Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer (in English and Spanish)

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