Having trouble finding child care even after an initial search? Read on for ideas on what to do if you have not yet been able to find the right child care option for your family.

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You’ve contacted your local Child Care Resource & Referral agency (CCR&R) and gotten a list of child care options. You’ve called the programs, asked questions, and set up visits. Perhaps there are wait lists, or you just haven’t found the right fit. What can you do if you can’t find child care?

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Stay in touch with your CCR&R referral specialist. Ask them to keep thinking about what might work for you. (Haven’t yet contacted your local CCR&R agency? Click “Search Now” in the CCR&R Search box to the right to search for your local agency.)
  2. Look in a different location: on your way to work, near work or near a public transportation stop on your route to work. You may also want to try a different route to work and search for options along that commute.
  3. Talk to friends, neighbors, people at your library, church or community center. Has anyone faced the same problems? How did they solve them?
  4. Discuss your child care need with your employer and with co-workers. If many of you are having the same difficulties, your employer needs to know.
  5. Make a short-term plan for child care, but keep working with your local CCR&R until you find the kind of care you are looking for.
  6. Get on the waiting list at every program that would work for you. Sometimes openings come up unexpectedly. Wait lists may be shorter than anticipated, so don’t let a long projected wait keep you from getting on a list.

Be sure you’ve considered all of the types of child care that you may have available to you. If you have any questions about finding and selecting child care, contact Child Care Aware®! You can call 1(800) 424-2246 or request a Live Chat with a representative online.