The Family First line is still open for parents who have a question or need more information about available resources. If a Family First Specialist is not available, please leave a message when you call and someone will return your call soon. Call 252-985-4300, ext. 220.

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, DEPC will suspend all public events and group activities including playgroups, trainings and workshops through April.
Golf tournament has been rescheduled to Friday, Oct. 2, 2020
Virtual Playgroups are now available. Please e-mail to participate!
We will continue to monitor this changing situation and keep you updated on any additional news. Thank you for your support.

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.

 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. If you need information about other services provided by Child Care Resource & Referral Service, please e-mail us a message and we will respond as soon as possible.

Let’s Talk!

This online opportunity is for North Carolina families who have children up to three years old who have disabilities or delays in one or more areas of development. We can discuss Early Intervention services available through the North Carolina Infant Toddler Program, how to navigate systems, Individualized Family Service Plans, transitions and more.

The question(s) submitted by families upon registration will guide our discussion.

Let’s Talk about what is important to YOU!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2 Sessions Available!

11:00 am & 7:00 pm

Food Sites

Texting Tool Available to Access Food for Children

Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.

Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at [] and is updated daily. Press Release []


Nash-Rocky Mount Schools

Please visit our Facebook page for the list of bus stops with times and updates.

Edgecombe County Schools

In addition to our district Facebook page,, please also make sure to check the Facebook page for your child’s school for additional information, videos, and resources.

We have established a hotline for any questions or concerns you may have. Please call 252-641-2609. If your call is not answered, please leave a message and someone will return your call.

Check for updates here.

K&W  – 11am-1pm – Lunch served –  kids 1-18 eat free

Boys & Girls Club  Lucy Ann Boddie Brewer Site – Lunch served – club members

PeaceMakers – 11 am – 1 p.m. – lunch served

United Community Ministries: Lunch for anyone who comes from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Located at 341 McDonald St. in Rocky Mount.

Assistance for Church Food Programming Affected by COVID-19

RAFI-USA’s Come to the Table program has a limited amount of technical assistance funds to assist rural United Methodist churches throughout North Carolina that are engaging in emergency hunger relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis with mini-grants of up to $1,000. Assistance is available on a first-come first-served basis to qualifying projects.
– Support is available for the following types of projects :

– Buying food from local farmers and/or food businesses (restaurants, etc) to give to food insecure community members

– Funds to buy fuel used to deliver food to food insecure community members

– Other projects deemed relevant

Please reach out to Michelle Osborne at or 919-704-6920 with any questions.


No Kid Hungry NC has created a fantastic resource called Where Can I Find School Meals.  It is updated regularly.

Child Care Information

Harrison Family YMCA

The YMCA is stepping in to help fill community needs where we can be most helpful by providing childcare for Essential Workers (determined by Governor Coopers Executive Order 112). We have updated our procedures to keep your family as safe as possible while having fun, completing homework packets in our dedicated tutoring time, and continuing to develop youth while you’re away! For more information on how to get registered please contact Youth and Family Director, Ivy Averette at (252)-972-9622 ext. 239 or by email

We are also able to provide teleservices.  Anyone interested in teleservices can follow up with Ivy at 252-972-9622 ext. 239 or by email at

The CDC has been urgently encouraging people to wash their hands frequently during the COVID-19 crisis. Click on the link below for video segments for both children and adults, some in English, some in Spanish, on the proper hand washing technique. There are also segments on coughing into a tissue and the importance of vaccinating children.

CDC Video Segments

Join a virtual playgroup!

Looking for ideas of fun things to try at home with your preschooler? Our Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Groups are going virtual! Please email Debra Boudreau at to be included in our weekly sharing of themed crafts, songs and simple play ideas designed to promote your child’s continued development.

Other Resources

Resources for Small Businesses

The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Lending Program, funded through the generous support of the Golden LEAF Foundation, will be managed by the Rural Center, with direct lending facilitated by Thread Capital, Business Expansion Funding Corporation (BEFCOR), Carolina Small Business Development Fund, Self-Help Credit Union, Mountain BizWorks, and Natural Capital Investment Fund (NCIF).
Here’s where you come in: We need you to help us spread the word. Do you know a small business in your local community or region that has been impacted by COVID-19? Tell them to visit to learn more and start the application for a rapid recovery loan.

Online Resources

Triple P Parenting Tools

Scholastic Learn at Home

Be Active Kids Online resources

From ABCs to ACTs

Virtual Field Trips with Links

Take a virtual field trip…visit Mars, the zoo!

DEPC Links to Reading Resources

Fun and Free Ways to Learn from Home
Child Activity

Lego 30 Day Challenge

Coping with Stress During this Time