Child Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The State of North Carolina is urging all families who can keep their children at home, with a responsible adult, to do so.

Emergency and first responders and critical workers needing referrals to child care programs that are open and operating for children ages birth to twelve should call the statewide toll–free number listed below for assistance:


(Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Callers to be served include:

  • Emergency and first responders
  • Hospital staff
  • Nursing and adult group home staff
  • Frontline health care providers
  • Child care program staff
  • Food service staff
  • Families of children who are homeless, receiving child welfare services, and/or in unstable or unsafe living arrangements
  • Others who are working to keep North Carolinians safe and healthy

Please note:   Effective April 1st,  the only licensed child care programs that are allowed to operate in North Carolina are those which have agreed to meet additional health, safety,  and other requirements specified by the NC  Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) and have been specifically authorized by DCDEE to remain open in April and May 2020.


NOTICE:  Temporary Suspension of  our Regional Child Care Search Service During COVID-19 Pandemic

Our staff members are part of the team of NC Child Care Resource and Referral specialists who are manning the statewide child care referral hotline (above). If you need information about other services, please email us at and we will respond as soon as possible.

The service described below will resume at a later date. Essential workers seeking child care should call 1-888-600-1685 instead of 1-855-231-8717.


Looking for child care in Chatham, Harnett, Johnston, Lee or Wayne Counties in NC? You have come to the right place.

Child Care Search can help you find a child care program that meets your family’s needs.

We offer three free and convenient ways to obtain referrals to child care programs in your area:

We have a list of all licensed and many license-exempt child care programs in these counties, including centers, homes, preschools and afterschool programs. We can even help you find evening or overnight care or programs that provide transportation.  We are available by phone Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Our child care search includes cities such as Pittsboro, Selma, Smithfield, Sanford, Siler City, Goldsboro, Lillington, Erwin, Clayton, Dunn and more.

This service is free and confidential. We offer referrals, not recommendations.



Disclaimer: We offer referrals, not recommendations. We do not license or regulate child care programs. We provide referrals to child care providers licensed by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education and providers who have stated that they are exempt from licensure. We cannot guarantee that all the child care providers’ information is correct.  We cannot assure the quality of the child care programs. You are the best judge of the right child care program for your child. We encourage you to visit several programs and interview the caregivers before deciding.

Child Care Search Partner Agencies

Harnett County Child Care Resources

Partnership for Children of Johnston County

Lee County Partnership for Children

Partnership for Children of Wayne County