Your Guide to Child Care

Your guide to child care

A high-quality program can support your child in developing educationally, socially, and emotionally. Choosing a program that provides high-quality care is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. No pressure, right? We know this process can be time-consuming and stressful. We offer resources to help make the process go more smoothly for you. Click each item at left to learn more.

Explore what quality looks like

in child care programs

We offer resources to help you understand what to look for in a quality program. Our specialists can consult with you on which type of child care will best fit your needs, based on your child’s age or special needs.

Find and research

available providers

When you need a place to begin, we can provide a starting list of child care programs based on your needs. Our outreach specialists are out in the community at various fairs and events, or you can reach a referral specialist by phone or conduct an online search.

Get to know your chosen providers to

make your decision

Sometimes it's hard to know what to look for. We recommend you call providers on your list, visit the ones that are a good fit, and then get references from other parents. Our checklist can make that process easier.

Learn about your options to

pay for child care

We know that child care costs are continuing to rise, and it's becoming even more difficult to manage the cost of care in your budget. Our outreach coordinator can help you understand the average costs of care for the type of program you need. We also provide education on various types of financial assistance in paying for care.

Stay connected

with your provider

Once you've chosen a provider, it's important to build a relationship with teachers and directors in your program. In cases where you need help communicating with your provider, our specialists are available to consult with you, your child, and the provider.