Where to Find Free and Reduced Childcare for Essential Workers in Charlotte

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Greater Charlotte YMCA

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte, which has temporarily closed all 19 branches and two overnight camps due to the global coronavirus pandemic, is partnering with essential Atrium and Novant healthcare workers to provide free childcare for kids ages 5-12. This program is being coordinated between the YMCA and the healthcare companies. 

Harrisburg Presbyterian Child Development Center

Harrisburg Presbyterian Child Development Center is participating in the Emergency Childcare Subsidy Program, funded by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), during the months of April and May. Parents must complete forms on the Web site and submit them to the Harrisburg Presbyterian Child Development Center. There will be no cost for qualified families. For questions or more information call 704-455-5800. 4815 Highway 49 South, Harrisburg, NC 28075. 704-455-5800.

Childcare Network Charlotte, Park South Drive

The Childcare Network Park South Drive location is offering free childcare to essential workers in North Carolina. This location with a five-star rated license is open, actively enrolling, and will help essential workers apply for emergency childcare funding. 6418 Park South Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210. Call or text 704-554-8378. 

Childcare Network Charlotte, West Sugar Creek

The Childcare Network located in West Sugar Creek is offering free childcare for essential workers in North Carolina and will help essential workers apply for emergency childcare funding. This location has a five-star rated license!  430 West Sugar Creek, Charlotte, NC 28213. Call or text 704-597-0191. 

COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care

If you are an essential worker of COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations (as defined in Executive Order 121) and are in need of emergency child care because of COVID-19 closures, there are a number of resources available to ensure that your children are safe and taken care of.

To receive information about local options for children from infants through age 12, call the hotline at 1-888-600-1685. Families will be connected with child care programs that agree to meet updated health, safety and operational guidelines. After calling the hotline, contact the recommended child care program to receive the proper enrollment forms.

If you are an essential worker who needs financial assistance for emergency child care, complete the COVID-19 Parent Application for Financial Assistance for Emergency Child Care at this link and submit it to your child care provider. You can also fill out a hard copy of this form at your child care facility. The application is also available in Spanish here. Effective April 1, 2020, essential workers can get financial aid for child care through an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program. Financial assistance will be offered for at least April and May.