COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Our thoughts are with you as we all face the challenges of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and the many changes it is bringing to our daily lives. We continue to work on behalf of young children, their families, and their educators, all of whom are significantly impacted by this crisis.

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.

COVID-19 Child Care Crisis Position Statement

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Early Education COVID-19 Advocacy Toolkit

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Our Webinars and Updates

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News and Resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (Updated January 15, 2021)

  • You have a spot, take your shot. A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisory committees recommend first protecting health care workers, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Adults age 65 or older are currently eligible to receive the vaccine. Child care workers are included in the Group 3 Priority Group as essential workers.

ZERO TO THREE: What’s in the COVID Appropriations Act for Babies? (January 13, 2021)

NC Early Childhood Foundation: What Does the New Federal Coronavirus Relief Bill Mean for Early Childhood? (January 5, 2021)

Our statement on school-age child care and remote learning partnerships during COVID-19 (September 1, 2020)

Our blog: Child Care Is Essential, but Funding is Inadequate and Inequitable (April 25, 2020)

Our policy brief: North Carolina’s Child Care Crisis During COVID-19 (August 20, 2020)

Our blog: NC Can’t Reopen without Child Care (April 21, 2020)

Our position statement on child care closure during the COVID-19 crisis (March 24, 2020)

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

Child Care Strong NC Public Health Toolkit (Updated December 10, 2020)

Interim Reopening Policies for NC Pre-K (Updated December 9, 2020)

COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policies (Updated December 1, 2020)

NC DHHS/DCDEE Child Care Response to COVID-19 (July 9, 2020)

A message for early childhood teachers from DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen

Additional Updates and Guidance provided by NC DHHS/DCDEE

Resources for Parents:

COVID-19 Guidance for Families with Children in Child Care (English) (Spanish)

Child Care Hotline:

  • Many parents and families in NC are trying to find options for child care and remote learning facilities as school districts are reopening for in-person or 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. Click here to download a flyer in English and Spanish

Resources for SBA Loans and Unemployment:

Committee on Economic Development (CED): Federal Paycheck Protection Program Re-Opened (January 5, 2021)
Committee on Economic Development (CED): Unemployment Compensation Update (January 5, 2021)

Resources from ZERO TO THREE:

The Policy Response to COVID-19
Building Back Better for Babies and Toddlers
Building For the Future: Strong Policies for Babies and Families After COVID-19 (Executive Summary) (Full Report)
Coronavirus Resources for Early Childhood Professionals

Resources from other National Partners:

NAEYC: Child Care Pandemic Surveys
NAEYC: News and Resources
Child Care Aware of America: Coronavirus News and Resources
Child Care Aware of America: Picking Up the Pieces
CLASP: Federal policy resources
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 and Breastfeeding Women
Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer (in English and Spanish)