Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

March 17, 2020: Official OCPYC Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Organizational Operations    

Information and Resources for Parents and Caregivers

  • NEED URGENT 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 COVID-19 closures, call 1-888-600-1685 to be connected with the right fit for you and your child. Download flier (.pdf)
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services | COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care
    Effective April 1, 2020, NC DHHS has established an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program for essential workers. Financial aid is available to parents and caregivers who are essential workers, do not have other child care options, and meet the following criteria:
    -Their income is below 300 percent of the poverty line;
    -They are an essential worker fighting COVID-19 or protecting the health and safety of communities; and
    -They have no other child care options available.
    Essential worker emergency child care financial assistance will be offered for at least April and May. To receive an emergency care subsidy, parents must fill out the COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care here confirming they meet the requirements, and submit it to their child care facility. Parents can also fill out a hard copy of this form at their child care facility.
  • NC Department of Public Instruction Office of Early Learning | Remote Learning Resources from Infant – Grade 2
    In an effort to support teachers and families, these resources have been gathered and created to provide activities for children that are aligned to NC standards and do not require technology.
  • Orange County Schools | Food Resources for OCS Students and Families
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools | Community Food Sites
 


Information and Resources for Child Care Providers

For up-to-date information and guidance from NC DCDEE please visit their Coronavirus Information for Child Care page.

  • April 8, 2020: N.C. Department of Health and Human Services | Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care Settings
    Child care centers and family child care homes are considered an essential business and have the option to remain open and provide a needed service for essential personnel. This guidance is intended to help child care facilities make informed decisions about COVID-19 and minimize the risk of exposure to both the staff and the children in their care. All facilities that remain open must agree to follow the Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care Settings and meet the additional operational expectations.
  • April 1, 2020: N.C. Department of Health and Human Services | Guidance for Child Care Providers on Parent Application for Financial Assistance
    Effective April 1, 2020, parents/caregivers who are essential workers and need financial assistance for child care can complete a COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care (known as “Parent Application”). Families should submit the application to a child care provider that is approved to remain open and is accepting new enrollments from families with essential workers. This guidance outlines steps that child care providers should take with regard to the Parent Application.
  • March 26, 2020: N.C. Department of Health and Human Services | COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Operations and Financing Guidance
    Effective April 1, we expect all child care programs to meet new health, safety and operational guidelines. If you are currently open and wish to remain open after March 31, or intend to re-open, child care programs must complete a COVID-19 Emergency Child Care Provider Application Form. The application details the health, screening, safety and operational requirements for remaining open or reopening to provide emergency child care to critical workers. Additionally, a financial assistance package for providers and families is also included in the guidance document.
  • March 23, 2020: N.C. Department of Health and Human Services | IMPORTANT UPDATES AND ACTION NEEDED FOR CHILD CARE FACILITIES COVID-19 RESPONSE
    These updates and actions are intended to help you minimize the risk of exposure COVID-19 exposure to both your staff and the children in your care while ensuring that child care remains available to critical workers who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Considerations for School Closure
    Recommendations on school closure based on available science, reports from other countries and consultation with school health experts.
  • N.C. Department of Health and Human Services | Guidance to Child Care Providers from Susan Perry, Chief Deputy Secretary
    With the closure of North Carolina’s public schools, we know the demand on our state’s licensed child care facilities is elevated. In order to provide relief and flexibility to child care facilities serving families, we have been actively working to identify policy and regulatory requirements that can be temporarily waived, while still ensuring the health, safety and well-being of children.
  • N.C. Department of Health and Human Services | Interim Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Guidance for Child Care Settings
    This guidance is intended to help child care facilities make informed decisions about COVID-19 and minimize the risk of exposure to both the staff and the children in their care.  


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