Child Care Resource & Referral

To begin the process of finding a childcare provider and community resources to meet your family’s unique needs select the best option:

Choosing a quality program is one of the most important and difficult decisions you will ever make. We can provide you with information and checklists to use for visiting programs and determining if they provide quality care. It is our goal to help you confidently choose a program for your family. Here are a few resources that can help you when choosing a child care provider.

Speak to a Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist

To speak to a Child Care Resource and Referral Specialist please call toll free 1-866-277-9077, Option 124. The specialist will conduct a short telephone interview with you to determine your child care needs. You should be prepared to provide answers to some basic questions like these:

  • Where is child care needed?
  • What types of child care options are you considering?
  • When do you need child care?
  • How many and what are the ages of the children who need care?
  • Do you need assistance in paying for child care?

Once we have your information, we will complete a search and give you computer generated listings of legally operated programs, and identify child care providers who may meet your child care needs. We can then provide the referrals to you via an e-mail, fax or mail. The phone call will also include a review of the process for finding child care, including how you can determine the quality of a child care program. Because we do not license, endorse, or recommend any particular program or type of program, it is suggested that you visit several programs to determine which one best serves the needs of your family. If for any reason the referrals do not meet your needs, you are welcome to call back for an expanded or revised search.

Child Care Resource and Referral is A FREE and confidential service to the community. If you are asked to provide a payment for a referral or listing in the Resource & Referral database, please call the Office of Early Learning Resource & Referral Network at 1-866-357-3239.

PLEASE REMEMBER: A referral is NOT a recommendation. It is important to note Child Care Resource and Referral only makes referrals, not recommendations. We urge you, as the parent, to interview a provider and check the provider's references carefully before leaving a child in that provider’s care.

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