500 West Fourth St., Suite 202
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: (336) 245-4900
Toll Free: (800) 937-7610
Fax: (336) 608-4352

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The State of North Carolina is urging all families who can keep their children at home, with a responsible adult, to do so.

Emergency and first responders and critical workers needing referrals to child care programs that are open and operating for children ages birth to twelve should call the statewide toll–free number listed below for assistance:

(Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Callers to be served include:

  • Emergency and first responders
  • Hospital staff
  • Nursing and adult group home staff
  • Frontline health care providers
  • Child care program staff
  • Food service staff
  • Families of children who are homeless, receiving child welfare services, and/or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements
  • Others who are working to keep North Carolinians safe and healthy


Resources for North Carolina Child Care Providers During COVID-19


As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, NCDHHS is working to ensure that all providers have guidance to keep their staff, families, and children safe and healthy.

For providers who remain open to serve children of essential workers, the expectations are:

If your facility plans to reopen during the health emergency, complete the COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Provider Application Form. To apply, you must attest that you can meet the Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Health Guidance for Child Care Settings and additional operational expectations. If you have not completed the form and received approval to remain open, you must close your facility. To reopen, you must complete the application and attest to meeting the guidelines at least two business days prior to the planned reopening, and receive approval from DCDEE.


In order to assist in connecting families to available care for children, please complete the daily COVID-19 Child Care Provider Survey by 11:59pm each day to provide information on your service status, attendance, and additional capacity at your facility. Your responses will be provided to the child care hotline being operated by the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) network.


Through a new toll-free hotline, 1-888-600-1685, the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Network is connecting families to available care options based on the daily vacancy reporting that is provided in the daily COVID-19 Child Care Provider Survey. The hotline is available from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. The system is prioritizing referrals for essential workers, which includes emergency and first responders, hospital staff, front-line healthcare providers, nursing and adult group home staff, child care program staff, food service staff, and others working to keep communities safe and healthy throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. Child care for children who are receiving child welfare services, homeless, or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements are also a priority.


DCDEE launched a Provider Portal for the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program to be used by providers who are accepting enrollment of and serving new children of essential workers.

The expectations are:


The COVID-19 Child Care Payment Policy provides detailed information about policy changes related to:

  • Subsidized Child Care program payments
  • NC Pre-K Program payments
  • Emergency Child Care Subsidy program payments
  • Bonus payments to child care teachers and staff providing services during the COVID-19 outbreak.



  • For general questions and application questions, contact your DCDEE child care consultant.
  • For questions about health guidance and needs, contact your child care health consultant.
  • For questions about the Provider Portal for Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program, contact the NC FAST Provider Help Desk at 919-813-5460.
  • For questions about the Subsidized Child Care Program or the Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program, contact DCDEE at 1-800-859-0829 or 919-814-6380.
  • For questions about NC Pre-K, contact DCDEE Early Education Branch at 919-814-6345.
  • For help or resources, such as food or diapers, or troubleshooting other problems, contact your local Smart Start partnership.
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