Please use this form if you are the owner of a North Carolina child care facility that is willing to meet the requirements outlined below to reopen after May 8, 2020.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) recognizes the need to reopen safe, developmentally appropriate child care for working families in North Carolina. Given the implications and potential risks of COVID-19, the state is reopening through a three-phase approach and is exercising additional precautions to protect the health and safety of children, families, and staff and ensure child care programs adhere to public health protections to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
North Carolina has authorized that all child care programs can reopen as of May 11, 2020 under new,
emergency child care licensing regulations
updated health and safety guidelines. All licensed/regulated Child Care Center/Family Child Care providers who have been closed must complete the following application in advance of reopening to demonstrate compliance to these new regulations.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education Regulatory Services Branch will review your application and provide written approval from DCDEE to reopen.
After submitting your application:
- Your child care consultant will reach out to you to discuss your plan to meet the updated health and safety guidelines and answer any questions you may have about reopening.
- You will receive an email from DCDEE with a sign indicating that your facility has been approved to meet the COVID-19 health and safety guidance, and you should post this sign at your facility while the current emergency regulations are in effect. (Note: All providers that are open will need to post a sign indicating that their facility has been approved; DCDEE will provide signs to those providers who already applied to serve as Emergency Child Care Providers in April 2020.)
We recommend providers submit the Child Care Provider Reopening Application at least 48 hours in advance of their reopening date. Child care facilities that do not receive approval from DCDEE to reopen will not be allowed to reopen or be approved to provide child care until further notice.