A Snapshot of Child Care Relief Options During COVID-19


Child Care Relief Options at the Federal and State Level

As many businesses close their doors due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, child care centers are feeling the financial strain.


of child care centers are losing income because families can’t pay1


of centers are losing income because they’re reimbursed by the state based on attendance of low-income families using child care subsidies1


of child care providers have had to lay-off or furlough staff or have been laid off or furloughed themselves2


of providers anticipate more lay-offs and furloughs in the coming weeks2

The federal and state governments are offering assistance to these essential businesses

In the U.S.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
$2 trillion

relief bill

$3.5 billion

for the government subsidy program for those who serve low-income families

$750 million

to the Head Start program

The CARES Act also offers
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

A loan intended to cover payroll, mortgage interest, rent and utilities for 8 weeks

$350 billion

for forgivable small business loans available on a first-come first-serve basis

The Emergency Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)

For providers with fewer than 500 employees, sole proprietors, and non-profits to cover paid sick leave, payroll, rent, or mortgage payments

In North Carolina

The Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program
Financial assistance offered for those who:
Are essential workers fighting COVID-19 or protecting our communitiesEarn income below 300% of the poverty lineHave no other viable care options available
State bonuses in April and May
$300 a month

for full-time child-care providers


$200 a month

for full-time non-teachers including administrators, janitors, and support staff

Part-time workers will be eligible for pro-rated bonuses
More Resources for Child Care Facilities
Guided Checklist

Make informed decisions about COVID-19 to reduce risk of exposure to both staff and children

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Place outside for people to read before entering the building


Parents and caregivers can call (888) 600-1685
to find care for essential workers

Available Monday through Friday from 8 am – 5 pm

1: Child Care in Crisis: Understanding the Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic
2: From the Front Lines: The Ongoing Effect of the Pandemic on Child Care