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Family & Childcare Resources

  • New Hanover County Child Care Subsidy, 910.798.3683
    Smart Start Funds provide parents who work, attend school, or training programs in paying for high-quality child care for their children, infants through age 5.
  • New Hanover County Department of Social Services, 910.798.3400
    1650 Greenfield Street, Wilmington, NC 28402
    Can help provide information on child care subsidies, prevention services that can help people locate resources for rent, utilities, and food, food and nutrition services that can help purchase food items, medical assistance that can help provide access to medical services for low income people; transportation services to medical appointments, and more.
  • New Hanover County Smart Start, 910.815.3731
    3534 South College Road, Suite F, Wilmington, NC 28412
    Information on child care subsidy, child care program assistance, federal and state tax credits, head start programs, and more.
  • Smart Start PUZZLES Center, 910.815.3731
    PUZZLES provides information about choosing quality childcare, local child care businesses, and licensing requirements. Counselors provide these services by phone, email, and in person to meet individual family needs and preferences such as location, care for infants and toddlers, hours of operation, and care for children with special needs. PUZZLES also assists parents of children in navigating and accessing a variety of community services. Information is available on topics such as early intervention for special needs, child care subsidy, access to health insurance, and much more.
  • Child Care Facility Search Site
    This NC Division of Child Development and Early Education site allows you to search for child care facilities in your area. Enter your city, zip code, and any other criteria you would like to search by.
  • Lactation Rooms on UNCW's campusTo support its faculty, staff and students, UNC Wilmington now offers dedicated lactation rooms on campus. In accordance with provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), upon request, suitable space must be provided for employees who require lactation support. 
  • Wilmington Parent
    Find tips and information on childcare, health, schools, families, activities, and more. Check out the family-friendly calendar of events and find family-friendly businesses in your area.
  • New Hanover County Schools, 910.763.5431
    6410 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412
    Find information on school locations, driving directions, district maps, and links to individual school websites.
  • Pender County Schools, 910.259.2187
    925 Penderlea Highway, Burgaw, NC 28425
    Find information on school locations and links to individual school websites.
  • Brunswick County Schools, 910.253.2900
    35 Referendum Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422
    Find information on school locations, transportation services, and more.