COVID-19 Emergency Child Care

COVID-19 Emergency Child Care: Information for Essential Workers and Providers

Page updated on May 8, 2020 at 10:41 AM

About Emergency Child Care

About Emergency Child Care

As COVID-19 requires additional demands on our workforce to support our health care system and essential services, child care will be a vital part of Alexandria’s response. The Department of Community and Human Services is partnering in a local Emergency Child Care Collaborative (ECCC) to assess needs and establish a system of emergency child care accordingly.

The collaborative is aimed at supporting families in need of child care in order to continue to perform their duties. 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. Emergency child care is for when all other non-group care settings have been exhausted and families have no other options.

For Families:  If you are required to work and need child care, you may complete the  Emergency Child Care Parent Registration Form below. The survey will determine each family’s child care needs including location, time of day, age of children and preferred structure of care. Possibilities might include family day home care or a center-based program. 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.   

 For Child Care Providers:  Below is the Emergency Child Care Provider Registration Form for providers who are available to offer emergency child care or have capacity in their existing programs to meet the needs of essential workers. 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.  Providers are encouraged to complete the Emergency Child Care Provider Registration Form to note their availability.

 Call 703.746.5927 for information.

For Parents

Emergency Child Care Parent Registration Form

For Providers

Emergency Child Care Provider Registration Form

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