COVID-19 Emergency Child Care: Information for Parents and Providers

The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative supports all families in need of child care and works to match them with open providers.

Page updated on May 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic places additional demands on our workforce and child care continues to be a vital part of the City of Alexandria’s response. The Alexandria City Council approved a request in September from DCHS and the Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative (ECCC) to utilize Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support this child care initiative. The initiative is limited to 150 children total, who will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The initiative supports all families in need of child care and works to match them with open providers. DCHS partners with ECCC to continually assess the needs and preferences of Alexandria families and work with child care providers to try to develop and provide the kinds of child care and child care settings that families need and prefer.

Child Care Options

Parents who have options to keep their children at home with a family member who is not over the age of 65, or parents who have other safe arrangements, are encouraged to use those. Child care provided through the Collaborative is for when all other non-group care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options. 

ECCC has partnered with licensed and regulated Alexandria child care centers and family day homes to provide a variety of structures and child care settings for children ages birth-13 years, including traditional child care centers, preschools, and family day home programs. 

Parents who are eligible for child care subsidy have two additional options for child care.

  • Relative Care is when a relative that does not live with the family (and is not a parent) is paid to provide child care in the family's home.
  • In-Home care is when an authorized child care provider is paid to provide child care in the family's home. Families interested in either of these options should contact the case worker assigned to their family or call 703.746.5437.


To be eligible, families must be residents of Alexandria, and if not employed, must be able to identify a challenge with supporting their child’s virtual learning (i.e., language barrier, parent unable to assist child with learning, family household issues). Priority will be given to families with low income or families who are no longer eligible for child care subsidy because they lost employment.

The program currently has funding through December 2020.This initiative targets the rapidly changing needs and preferences of families facing the Coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis, and the socio-economic challenges presented by pandemic recovery efforts. 

How to Register


Complete  the registration forms below. The surveys will determine each family’s child care needs including location, time of day, age of children and preferred structure of care. We will work to notify families of potential care providers that meet their needs and provide directions on how best to reach out to the provider to arrange enrollment. Please email questions to

Child Care Providers

Complete the Emergency Child Care Provider Registration Form, which is for providers who are available to offer emergency child care or have capacity in their existing programs for additional children. This application is for any child care center or family day home program.  To date, the response has been strong.  It is clear that the child care community wants to do what they can to help. Call 703.746.5927 for information.

About the ECCC

The Alexandria Emergency Child Care Collaborative was originally formed to support essential workers in need of child care who have exhausted all other non-group care options. The Collaborative now supports all families in need of care and works to match them with open providers.

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