The materials on this page are designed for families and child care providers on-the-go. Keep information about quality child care at your fingertips by downloading a PDF to print and take with you or pulling up our mobile-friendly versions on your phone or tablet.

Our brochures cover a range of topics for families, like selecting the right child care for your infant or toddler, early literacy, finding help paying for child care, choosing care for a child with special needs and more. Child care providers will find helpful information on marketing, training and funding for their child care businesses.

If you are interested in ordering any of the materials in bulk, please contact info@childcareaware.org.

Give Your Child Something That Will Last a Lifetime

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Is child care something you need? Then this brochure can help. Especially if you’re looking for the one thing that matters most in child care - QUALITY.

This brochure provides parents with five helpful steps to choosing quality child care. It also includes a checklist to use when choosing a child care home or center.

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Choosing Quality Child Care for a Child with Special Needs

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In a quality child care environment, caregivers respond positively to differences in children’s abilities, interests and experiences.

This brochure provides parents with important factors to consider when choosing quality child care for a child with special needs. A sample checklist is included

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All in the Family

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Using relatives to care for your children while you work or go to school has some unique issues. Read this brochure to help make this choice a good choice for you, your child and the relative caring for your child.

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Matching Your Infant's or Toddler's Style to the Right Child Care Setting

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This brochure offers some guidelines on how to use what you know about your infant or toddler - like personal style and activity level - to select a child care setting that’s just right.

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Selecting a Quality School Age Program for Your Child

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Concerned about after school care for your child? This brochure will help you in selecting a quality after-school program. It includes questions to ask yourself along the way as well as a checklist to refer to when looking at a specific program.

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Five Steps to Choosing Safe and Healthy Child Care

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Provides guidelines for families and consumers in choosing safe and healthy child care in various settings.

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Finding Help Paying for Child Care

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This brochure addresses the difficulties many families face in meeting the cost of child care. Find out how you might be able to reduce your child care costs by taking advantage of child care subsidies, tax credits, and exploring alternatives to full-time care.

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Learning to Read and Write Begins at Birth

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This brochure will give you a good start to knowing how you and your child's caregiver can best build your child's early reading and writing skills.

Find out simple ways for your child to have fun with literacy both in child care and at home. This brochure also provides an Early Literacy Child Care Checklist to help you evaluate the early literacy materials your child's caregiver offers.

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Making the Transition from Child Care to Kindergarten: Working Together for Kindergarten Success

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Parents and caregivers play an important role in children’s early learning experiences. By partnering together, you can make sure that your child is involved in activities that will prepare them for their next big step - Kindergarten! This brochure offers guidance for a smooth transition.

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ASAP: Accessing Support for All Parents

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The decision to stay at home or return to work is not an easy one. This pamphlet provides families with useful tools that assist in the child care decision making process. The information, resources, and budgeting worksheet will aid families in making an informed decision about the best child care option for their family at this time.

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Putting the Pieces Together

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Are you a family looking for child care for the first time? Your child care search can be an unfamiliar experience that raises many questions. If you’re wondering about what you need to know about hours of care, what age group your child will be in, or who regulates child care, this is the publication can help. We will introduce you to many common child care terms and topics. This publication will start at the beginning and help you become familiar with child care.

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Jump Chart – 6 Steps to Finding Quality Child Care

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This jump chart (poster) encourages parents to follow 6 steps to finding quality child care. The jump chart measures how high children can jump, up to 5 feet. It is in English on one side and Spanish on the other.

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Essentials for Your Child Care Visit

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This publication includes important steps parents can include in their child care search. Learn more about criminal background checks, site visits and asking for references.

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What's the Plan?

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Parents will be presented with a series of questions to ask their child care provider to learn more about their disaster plan. A great resource to help parent's ensure the safety and well-being of their children during a disaster.

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Is this the Right Place for my Child? 38 Research-Based Indicators of Quality Child Care

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This booklet offers parents a checklist of 38 indicators of quality child care. It explains why each item is important and how it relates to the quality of care, based on research about what is important to children’s health, safety, and development.

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12 Tips to Market Your Child Care Program

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Getting the word out about the child care services you offer is an important part of maintaining and sustaining your business. These 12 tips will help.

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Supporting Your Child Care Business...A Guide to Financial Assistance Opportunities

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Looking for financial assistance options to support your child care business? This publication will introduce you to local, state, and federal programs. You will also find other financial resources for your business.

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Keeping Up With the Times

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Child Care providers can learn about training opportunities to assist with keeping up to date with the latest information related to the child care field and their profession.

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