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Drop-In / Short-Term Child Care

Did you know that drop-in/short-term child care programs are required by North Carolina child care law (G.S. 110-86(2)(d)(d1) to register and post a notice stating that they are not regulated by the State G.S. 110-99(b)? 

Do you operate or know a program that meets the definition of drop-in/short-term child care? 

Drop-in/short term child care programs operate: 

  • While parents participate in activities that are not employment related (running errands or leisure activities)
  • With the parents on the premises or otherwise easily accessible (within 15 minutes)

Such programs could include, but are not limited to child care provided in: 

  • health clubs or health spas
  • shopping malls
  • churches
  • bowling alleys
  • resort hotels
  • court houses

If you operate or know a program that meets the above definition(s) the registration process should be initiated as soon as possible.

Employers may offer drop-in/short term child care for their part-time employees if the following are all true: 

  • The child does not receive care for more than 2 and a half hours during that day
  • The parents are on the premises
  • There are no more than 25 children in any one group in any one room

Drop In Care Registration Application Letter and Application

Drop In Care Frequently Asked Questions

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