Emergency Childcare Relief Fund

The Harvest Foundation, United Way and Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry have partnered to provide a $150,000 Emergency Childcare Relief Fund to aid priority healthcare and first responders in meeting short-term childcare needs. The United Way will serve as administrator of the fund and is working to connect frontline, essential medical professionals and first responders to childcare facilities.  The goal of this program is to ensure the systems that keep our community healthy and safe can continue functioning during an unprecedented time of rapidly emerging challenges.   

While the main priority is to provide childcare for the critical healthcare professionals and first responders, resources are also being used to purchase in-demand but hard to find needed items to help all childcare centers such as paper towels, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other basic cleaning supplies. There are countless essential workers throughout the community and supporting the existing childcare system and ensuring its safety is incredibly important for the sake of the children, parents and staff involved. 


  • Available to parents/caregivers who have had their existing childcare arrangement disrupted (i.e., due to school closing or closing of another childcare center, etc.)
  • Parent/caregiver who are identified, by your employer, as a critical employee (i.e., essential to ongoing operations)
  • This is an employer driven program.  As the grant progresses, additional employers will be invited to participate. This gradual expansion ensures that the limited resources can continue supporting the vital health and wellness infrastructure in our community.   

How to Apply:

An application must be completed by the parents/caregiver and given to their employer for verification as a critical and essential employee.  Employers must submit applications.  Contact Philip Wenkstern at the United Way at 276-403-5961 with questions or for application assistance.  This is an employer driven program.  As the grant progresses, based on a weekly evaluation of capacity, additional employers will be invited to participate in the program.  

The United Way will connect parents/caregiver to age-appropriate childcare services at a licensed childcare facility in the community that is following all restrictions and protocols recommended by the CDC. The goal for the relief fund is to provide essential healthcare workers and first responders in MHC with a safe and healthy environment for their children while they work to help our community through this COVID-19 pandemic.


VSBFA Childcare Financing Program

  • Loans up to $150,000 for centers and $10,000 for family day homes
  • Available to licensed/religious exempt centers and licensed/voluntarily registered family day homes
  • Funds must be spent on tangible business items
  • Interest rates reduced to 0%, 6 months deferment 
  • Application fee is waived
childcare center Application:
personal financial statement:

Childcare Centers with Openings

Local childcare programs that currently have available childcare slots

Little Hearts

Happy Feet

Martin Family Childcare (Sharon Martin)

(276) 632-8108

(276) 403-4183

(276) 632-4337

Boys & Girls Club

YMCA Early Learning Center

Collinsville YMCA

Victory Baptist Cheerful Chaps

(276) 656-1171

(276) 647-1384

(276) 647-3089

(276) 806-1575


For Childcare Providers

CDC: Guidance for Childcare Programs that Remain Open

Virginia Early Childhood Foundation COVID-19 Updates
Childcare Aware of America: Coronavirus Hub for CCR&Rs and Childcare Providers

Status as an Essential Business – Child Care Services for Children of Essential Personnel
Guidance for Childcare Providers from the Northam Administration
A VECF Guide for Virginia Childcare Providers to Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis