Child Care Information

For more information on choosing a childcare provider or assistance with locating a provider that meets your family’s needs, contact a Parent Referral Specialist at 877-216-8481 or conduct an on-line search through Child Care Resource & Referral or the Department of Human Services.
Finding childcare can be a very difficult task and yet it is one of the most important decisions you will make during your child’s early years.


Here are a few keys to success:

  • Start early

  • Check out potential child care providers

  • Conduct a phone interview

  • Check references

  • Interview them in person at the childcare so you can see the environment, interactions between the childcare provider and children, etc.

  • Have a predetermined list of questions or a checklist such as: “Is this the right place for my child?” to guide the interview and focus your eyes on the type of care that is provided.

  • Don’t ignore your gut instinct. If you don’t feel right about it or are unsure, it is probably not a good fit for your child or you.

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