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Caregivers have been navigating child and adult care while managing their work responsibilities for months during COVID-19. Now, many may be facing continued lack of external care options due to continued and additional closings in their locations. VCU offers support and shares options for caregivers.

CareShare VCU
Volunteers will virtually hang out with the children of VCU employees or students who need support during this time. Sessions will last 30-60 minutes and could consist of homework help, reading a book, or watching a short movie. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with others at VCU and have a little time to yourself as a parent. Contact with questions. Sponsored by the Graduate Student Association at VCU.

Perks at WorkFind no-cost care programs focusing on wellness, learning, and fun for children and families. A rotating variety of activities, including foreign language and coding classes, fitness activities, cooking classes and STEM-focused learning occur every Thursday. Visit the site and select the Community Online Calendar to register. Access your account at If you are a first-time user, register and follow the instructions on screen.

Sittercity virtual babysitting
Stressed about balancing kids and work at home? Find virtual support from sitters now. A sitter can virtuallty help with their school work, play games to keep them occupied, or guide them through engaging activities. 

Virtual Babysitters Club
Virtual Babysitters Club was founded to simultaneously address two challenges arising from the tragic COVID-19 pandemic: help talented, out-of-work professional performing artists, and help parents find time to work from home and get things done around the house. Each professional performer has been chosen to entertain children remotely with activities including, but not limited to, group parties, magic and puppet shows, improv games, dance parties, sing alongs, storytelling, trivia competitions, homework help and much more! Parents can monitor (watch and hear) if their child has moved away from the session via their own mobile device or computer. Fun for kids and comfort to parents.

Bright Horizons
Around the globe, parents and organizations trust us to provide high-quality education and care, operate with integrity, and empower them to thrive. For more than 30 years, we have measured success one client, one family, and one child at a time. The Bright Horizons backup care network helps individuals in need of backup care. Contact Bright Horizons to request a network backup care provider.

Anthem EAP
If parents are in need of finding additional childcare resources, Anthem members can call and ask for an assisted search in finding options. Non-Anthem members (and Anthem members who prefer to do their own searches) can utilize the Resource Search center on the EAP website.

Virginia Department of Social Services ChildCare VA
Child Care Aware, Virginia’s resource and referral agency, assists parents and guardians in finding child care that meets the needs of each family. In this difficult time, they stand ready to help families find care if their normal care arrangements have closed or if a family’s care needs change based on the essential nature of their job in order to serve the community. Visit to complete an online search for care or a search request form, or call 866-543-7852, selecting option 2, to discuss your child care needs, ask questions and receive a personalized list of referrals. provides direct links to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) information provided by each state and territory to help families and child care providers stay informed during this fast-moving and developing situation.

Child Care Services Association
Ensuring affordable, accessible, high-quality child care for all families. 

YMCA Emergency Childcare
The YMCA (the “Y”) — one of the nation’s largest and most trusted providers of child care services—is offering emergency child care at more than 1,000 sites for families of medical personnel, essential employees and first responders.

College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors
10825 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060
(804) 346-2242
10% off of academic tutoring
10% off of the nanny search/placement fee
Download My Sitters app to register for on-call/backup/babysitting and get 10% off of the one-time registration fee. Use discount code VCU10.

James Children’s Center
1205 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA  23220
(804) 358-9788
5% off tuition

The Learning Experience
4683 Pouncey Tract Road
Glen Allen, VA  23060
(804) 360-4226
10% off regular tuition prices as well as waived extended care fees. Show VCUCard ID

The Learning Experience
8710 Park Central Drive
Richmond, VA  23227
(804) 264-9002
10% off regular tuition prices as well as waived extended care fees. Show VCUCard ID

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