Knowing where to start your child care search can be challenging. The Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency that serves your state or community can help you get a list of child care providers near you so that you can begin making calls and setting up visits with potential child care providers. Let Child Care Aware® help by putting you in touch with your local CCR&R and sharing some information about how to select a quality child care program.
Visit www.childcareaware.org for child care information and to search for your local CCR&R (click “Search Now” on the Home Page and enter your zip code to find the agency that serves your area), or call 1(800) 424-2246 to speak with a specialist about this information and any questions you may have about your child care search.
State by State Resource Map
Whether you’re starting a child care search and looking for information on child care regulations where you live, searching for information on how to apply for financial assistance for food or basic needs, in need of medical insurance for your family and young children, or interested in learning more about resources for a child with special needs, Child Care Aware®’s State by State Resource Map can help. Access the map, and then select your state to find helpful resources under the following categories:
- Child Care: Find out who licenses child care providers where you live, how you can access inspection reports, which background checks are required for providers in your state, whether or not your state has a quality rating system for child care programs, and more.
- Health and Social Services: Learn more about who to contact for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), making a report of child abuse or neglect, child support enforcement, car seat installation and safety, and more.
- Financial Assistance: Find programs in your state that can assist your family with the cost of child care, food, energy bills, basic needs, and more.
- Children with Special Needs: Discover organizations and programs that provide help and resources for families with children with special needs, such as Easter Seals, ARC, and Early Intervention.
Find information on background checks, what’s expected of providers with the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, and what a full background check includes.