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In-home COVID-19 safety suggestions for parents and providers [English + Spanish]

​From UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health experts: Pointers on how to coordinate safe in-home childcare amidst COVID-19

Emergency Childcare Resources


  • NC DHHS Assistance

With school now underway, many working parents are facing the added stress of finding a safe place for their children during the day that can also support their remote learning. The good news is that there is ample licensed child care available across the state, and we are making it as easy as possible for families to find it.

  • Hotline: In partnership with Child Care Resources and Referral, the NC Department of Health and Human Services created a free hotline to connect families to licensed care for their school-age children.  Families can call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685 (available 8am-5pm, Mon-Fri). 

  • Subsidy: Find help paying for childcare at the Child Care Subsidy site 

  • UNC Announces Juggle App

UNC Health has created a new partnership with Juggle, a babysitting app to support childcare needs in the UNC community. Read more here to learn more and access a referral code for your first booking.

  • YMCA Scholastic Support Centers

The local YMCAs have established a program to provide childcare and academic support for dependents. The Triangle YMCAs have developed a Scholastic Support Center, a program where students from Kindergarten through 8th grade can go to participate in their online school classes in physical locations. The YMCA has many locations throughout the Triangle where these Scholastic Support Centers will be established.  We will communicate these locations and their availability of openings with UNC Health employees as more information becomes available.  The Scholastic Support Centers will be launching August 24.


Sign up for participation in the Scholastic Support Center is handled on a day-by-day basis (not in weeklong increments) to provide flexibility for employees whose schedules may not require support for their children five days a week. 

The program is offered either Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. with an extended day option for those who need full-day care, or as a full-day program from 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Hours vary by location, and exact times may vary depending on school system student attendance policies.


Cost is:

7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. - $24.00 for YMCA member, $28.80 for program participant (non-YMCA member)

3:30 – 6 p.m. – Additional $15.40 for YMCA member, Additional $18.40 for program participant (non-YMCA member)


The YMCA is also partnering with Orange County Schools to provide a supervised space for children to complete their schoolwork while also adding in time for physical activities.  The YMCA is also partnering with the local Faith-Based communities to create additional Scholastic Support Center locations around the Triangle.  This will increase the number of students who can be served and also provide more variety and convenience in location options for our staff.


The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Durham is providing academic support centers that mimic the school day but at their locations. In addition to academic support, they are also providing Wi-Fi access and chrome books to students who don’t have them. Students will also receive breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Parents interested in learning more, please email

  • CareLuLu

    • Free website to find licensed child care facilities open during COVID-19. 

    • Use their free emergency child care search tool: Emergency Child Care Near Me

    • For more information on licensed child care facilities near you, you may also visit which includes program and cost information, photos, verified parent reviews and more.

    • For North Carolina Essential Workers, CareLuLu will provide free priority customer support and will perform on-demand searches to find child care programs that match families' needs (budget, ages, special needs, languages, etc.)

  • 30 Days of Free, Premium Access to for Frontline Workers

    • is providing one month of free, premium access to their site to support your important service to the community at this difficult time.

    • Access the largest online site for care

    • Find help for your children, parents & pets

    • Unlimited messaging with caregivers

    • Free for 30 days

  • #StayStrongNC – Childcare Resource Referral Center for Children 12 and younger

    • Call 1-888-600-1685 weekdays 8:00am – 5:00pm for assistance with identifying options.

  • City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Education Centers – Elementary & Middle School Children

    • Elementary and middle school students participating in year-round and modified school calendars, home school students, or participants enrolled in virtual learning complete online learning assignments and participate in recreational activities. 

    • For more information, go to their site, or call 919-996-4800.

  • Marbles Learn & Play – School-aged Children

    • Students participate in live remote instruction. The program offers half-day and full day options. Registration is open now for each week through October 30.

    • For more information, please visit their site, or call 919-857-1040.

  • Boys & Girls Clubs – Children & Teens

    • Students receive support for online learning, as well as other activities. 8:00am – 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  For more information, visit them online.

  • Hope Community Church – Kindergarten through 6th Grade

    • Project Learning Centers provide free educational support at four locations in the Raleigh Area for those who qualify. Centers are open Wednesday – Friday for three-hour sessions (session hours vary by location). 

    • For more information, visit their site or call 919-532-0620.

  • Triangle Rock Club North Raleigh – Ages 6 - 13

    • Students in Full Day Camp receive remote learning time and learning assistance, plus activities. 

    • For more information, contact Programs Manager, Ceana, at

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Resources Database

Look in the tabs in the spreadsheet below to find additional sources with more resources.

DISCLAIMER, UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Health take no responsibility for and exercise no control over the resources and childcare options listed here. The information provided through this resource consists of referrals solely for the convenience of our employees, not recommendations. We do not have any agreements with these childcare providers with respect to financial compensation or services to be provided. UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Health, this website, and our team do not guarantee that these childcare centers have availability or that they can provide the services your child needs.  It is up to parents/guardians to choose the highest quality care that is best for their children and families., UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Health have not vetted these child care providers and do not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the quality of child care provided by individuals, groups, schools, or organizations who appear on this website.  The information is provided without any warranty of any kind., UNC Chapel Hill, and UNC Health do not assume liability for the use of resources on this website.

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