COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Our thoughts are with you as we all face the challenges of coping with the outbreak of COVID-19 and the many 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.

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. 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.

Child Care is Essential

Child care is essential – for working families, children’s healthy development, and for North Carolina’s economic future. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the fact that our early education system is part of our state’s core infrastructure. But right now, it is on the verge of collapse. Stabilizing this essential industry must be a top priority.

News and Resources

Click here to view our statement on school-age child care and remote learning partnerships during COVID-19 (September 1)

Click here to view our policy brief: North Carolina’s Child Care Crisis During COVID-19 (August 20)

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

Click here to read our 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:

Information about school-age child care/remote learning during COVID-19 (August 28th)

COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies (Updated Aug. 21st)

Child Care Strong NC Public Health Toolkit (Updated Aug. 6th)

Interim Guidance for Child Care Settings (June 15)

Operational Grants for Open Child Care Programs

COVID-19 Child Care Reopening Application

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:

Many parents and families in NC are trying to find options for child care and remote learning facilities as school districts are reopening under either a Plan B (hybrid) or Plan C (full remote learning). Families can call the child care hotline to find local care options for infants through children age 12. The child care hotline is a partnership with NC’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Call now: 1-888-600-1685.

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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