Families and caregivers in need of child care for children up to age 12 can call the child care hotline at 1-888-600-1685 to be connected directly to care options in their community that meet their families’ needs.

Susan Gale Perry, Chief Deputy Secretary for NCDHHS, said that families may need extra help finding school-age care options right now, as many schools have started the school year with remote learning only, and others are operating with children onsite on alternate days or weeks, and the Hotline can help families fill that child care gap by providing referrals to available school-age programs.

The hotline is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm.

It is a collaboration of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral network.

Care will be offered by licensed child care providers who agree to meet NCDHHS health and safety guidelines.

For more information visit COVID19.NCDHHS.gov.