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About Child Care Resource & Referral

CCR&Rs help parents find child care

Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make, but all too often they must rely on word-of-mouth. Local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) organizations help parents take the guesswork out of choosing care by providing:

  • Referrals to local child care providers.
  • Information on state licensing requirements.
  • Information on availability of child care subsidies.

CCR&Rs provide guidance by phone, in person, and in other ways, such as the Internet, that are tailored to each family.

CCR&Rs support families to raise healthy children by:

  • Talking with parents one-on-one.
  • Understanding the delicate balance of family life, particularly for families earning low incomes.
  • Understanding that finding quality child care is just a first step to raising happy, healthy children.
  • Offering workshops, hot lines, and newsletters.
  • Reaching out to parents with trusted, local information that enables them to make informed choices.

CCR&Rs build the supply of child care by:

  • Providing an entry point into the child care field.
  • Helping providers meet licensing requirements.
  • Supporting providers by offering low-cost or free training in diverse topics like health and safety, child development, and sound business practices.
  • Working with local and state governments and the private sector to leverage resources for building and maintaining the supply of quality child care.

CCR&Rs improve the quality of child care by:

  • Providing ongoing professional development opportunities to child care providers and staff.
  • Supporting accreditation programs.
  • Helping create financial incentives for education.
  • Advocating for better compensation for providers.

CCR&Rs bridge child care and education

Quality child care has many benefits, including preparing children for school. CCR&Rs strive to create child care settings that help children grow and learn by:

  • Educating parents about early learning and the components of quality care.
  • Informing communities about the important links between early learning and later success in school.

CCR&Rs document child care needs and trends by:

  • Gathering information to better understand family needs.
  • Acting as a major source of information about the local supply and cost of child care.
  • Tracking trends about the changing needs of families.

CCR&Rs engage new partners by:

  • Reaching out to business leaders, law enforcement, school teachers, and others.
  • Making child care an issue the entire community cares about.
  • Collaborating with other family support services to promote a holistic vision of child care that includes health, literacy, and special needs.

CCR&Rs tell the child care story by:

  • Providing resources.
  • Documenting community needs.
  • Creating new ways to meet those needs.
  • Bringing the voices of children, families, and child care providers to the public.