Respite care programs provide planned short-term and time-limited breaks for families and other unpaid caregivers of children or adults who have special needs in order to support and maintain the primary caregiving relationship. Think about your circles of support and the people in these circles. These groups can interact with your family in some way to provide different levels of support.
The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.
Visit the National Respite Locator, a service to help caregivers and professionals locate respite services in their community.
The North Carolina Respite Care Coalition is a grassroots network of parents, family caregivers and professionals in the field of respite care as well as government funding representatives and others from across the state who have an investment in family support services.
Help for Choosing Children's Respite
Extracted from Finding Caregivers and Respite Providers compiled by the SC Respite Coalition and Family Connection.
Drop-In/Short-Term Child Care
Drop-in/short-term child care is defined by NC law in G.S. 110-86(2)(d)(d1) as a child care arrangement where care is provided while parents participate in activities that are not employment related.
Drop-in/short-term care child care would be used by parents who need care while they occasionally run errands or participate in leisure activities. The operation must be able to reach the parent if they are not on the premises. The parent must be able to get back to the program within 15 minutes.
Green Kids is a drop-in play facility and not a daycare.
Register your child(ren) and bring them in for a FREE hour of play! No appointment needed. Just mention New Family Trial.
7011 Fayetteville Road, Durham, NC
(919) 544-KIDS (5437)
(Near Streets of SouthPoint)
3586 Davis Drive,
Morrisville, NC 27713
(919) 596-KIDS (5437)
No reservations required. However, there is a remote check in process to reserve spots if desired.
Fri, 9am-11pm (Durham will close at 8pm, Morrisville 7pm, if no children in facility)
Sat, 10am-11pm (Durham will close at 8pm, Morrisville 7pm, if no children in facility)
Sun, 1pm-8pm in Durham only (will close at 6pm, if no children in facility) Morrisville, Closed
Ages Served: 1 year (and walking) to 11 years
- Most of the caregivers are students working on their childhood education degree or are current educators.
- All are CPR & First Aid Certified
- All of the caregivers who come into contact with your child have passed state and federal background checks.
Drop-in rate: $11/hr per child in Durham and $10/hr per child in Morrisville (prepaid, discounted packages also available). There is a 10% multi child discount when both kids are playing in our facility at the same time.
Process for Registering your children:
- Fill out the registration form online to expedite the enrollment process (or you can fill out the form in person).
- Bring your child in to the Green Kids Center for completion of the registration to get:
Pictures of the authorized adults for pick up
To discuss any special needs and review all registration information
- Drop you kids off and do what YOU need to do.
The owner of Durham's Indigo Montessori school, has opened Sleeping Grass to fill the need for flexible, drop in child care. At Sleeping Grass Studio, we offer an arts based drop in care. Our uniquely designed rooms are based upon various art modalities including visual arts, music, movement, storytelling, drama, cooking, and beyond.
2709 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC 27707
Reservations encouraged but are not required. Last minute drop-ins are welcomed if space allows.
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Th, 8:30am-7pm (close at 6pm if there are no children)
Fri, 8:30am-10pm (close at 8pm if there are no children)
Sat, 10am-10pm (close at 8pm if there are no children)
Open most every holiday and teacher workdays!
Hourly rate: $11/ child (additional children $9/hour)
Ages served: Infants to 12 years
Children under two can stay up to four hours at a time and children older than two can stay up to seven hours at a time.
Courtney’s Drop-In Kids Care is family owned and operated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The premier childcare experience includes fun and educational activities for children from brith through 12 years at hourly rates and flexible on-demand hours without reservations or enrollment or membership fees.
6118 Farrington Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sat, 8am-10pm
Hourly rate: $12/hour
Ages served: 12 months-12 years
Offering childcare afterschool, holidays, and camps.