This page identifies resources for childcare and elder care offered by UNC. Please follow up with the CWC if you have any questions!
- Employee Assistance Program is an HR-supported benefit. In addition to providing a limited number of free counseling sessions (per issue, to all family members), it also provides free referrals to childcare and eldercare providers, to financial planners and lawyers, and other services. It also houses a lot of educational material and webinars related to family and well-being.
- The Helping Heels provider list identifies UNC‐Chapel Hill affiliated individuals who are interested in providing part time and temporary care. Compiled three times each year, the list includes contact information of interested individuals, their experience, access and availability of transportation, and special skills. UNC has not screened these individuals and encourages parents to interview individuals before hiring them. This list is in the process of being updated and should be available soon.
- The Caregivers at Carolina website, “funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, provides support to physician scientists who are facing substantial caregiving demands at home. This website is meant to provide timely information and direct access to resources for any UNC faculty or staff member who is a caregiver,” including caregiver support programs and mental health resources.
- Child Care Services Association is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to ensure affordable, accessible, high quality child care for all families through research, services and advocacy. Through the Chancellor’s Child Care Advisory Committee’s recommendation and financial support, UNC makes CCSA referral services available free to UNC employees, with HR’s Benefits Services serving as the University’s liaison to CCSA, and students. (Student fees pay for student subsidies.) CCSA provides education about assessing and selecting childcare, including the workshop or webinar on “Choosing and Using Quality Childcare” (in partnership with the Women’s Health Information Center) and surveys by county of the typical cost of care (county links at bottom of page). It also works with clients to provide individualized, mapped referral plans for childcare. It administers the University’s childcare subsidies, and it can identify additional resources for paying for childcare, including its Scholarship Program, for which you might be eligible. Because funding for the program is limited, eligibility cannot guarantee assistance. Contact the CCSA here.
- University Child Care Center (Victory Village): The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care Systems opened the University Child Care Center, in August 1998 and contracted Victory Village Day Care Center to manage the facility. The Center is a nationally accredited, five-star licensed non-profit center. Children enrolled at the University Child Care Center are children of students, faculty and staff of UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care Systems. The population is a diverse group that reflects the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the Chapel Hill community. The center can accommodate 120 children, ranging from infants to five year-olds. If you would like more information about Victory Village Day Car Center, their telephone number is (919) 929-2662.
- UNC Child Care Financial Assistance Program: Available to current full-time students and permanent (min. ¾ time) employees OR some combination of parent/legal guardian being either student and/or employee whose gross family income is less than $30,000/year. Types of care include full-time child care, after-school, part-time/preschool, full or part-time summer care. See the HR website for more details. Administered by CCSA. The CCSA Subsidy Flyer contains some initial information.
- NCFlex Dependent Daycare Flexible Spending Account: Pre-tax deduction and reimbursement, up to $5000/year, for the costs of daycare for an eligible dependent (including children up to 13 years old and legal dependents who are physically or mentally incapable of caring for themselves). This site provides an accessible break down of the benefit.
- Communiversity, an afterschool program of the Sonya Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, allows “UNC student volunteers serve as tutors and facilitators of special events and activities for students [K-5],” focusing on African and African American culture and history.
- FPG Family and Child Development Institute provides “research, evaluation, technical assistance, outreach and service [that] have shaped how the nation cares for and educates young children.
- There are at least two Facebook pages that allow sitters and parents to connect: the Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Durham Childcare (closed group page) and Durham County Childcare and babysitters.
- Community Service Leave is a paid time off program that enables employees “to participate in the educational process of children” (e.g., meet with teachers or daycare providers, participate in volunteer activities such as attending children’s field trips, or volunteer in the classroom). This leave can be used throughout the child’s education, including high school.
- News & Observer summer camp guides, compiled in partnership with Child Care Services Association: Durham/Orange Counties, Wake County. Check back in Spring for the most recent guide.