About Child Care Resource and 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 - giving them referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other pertinent information. CCR&Rs provide guidance by phone, in person, and in other ways, such as the internet, that are tailored to each individual family.

CCR&Rs support families to raise healthy children...

By talking with parents one-on-one, CCR&R counselors gain a unique understanding of the delicate balance of family life, particularly for low-income families. They understand that finding high-quality child care is just a first step to raising happy, healthy children. Through workshops, hot lines, and newsletters, CCR&Rs reach out to parents with trusted, local information that enables them to make informed choices.

CCR&Rs build the supply of child care...

In most communities, demand for child care far outstrips supply. CCR&Rs provide an entry point to the child care field, helping providers meet licensing requirements. CCR&Rs also support providers by offering low-cost or free training in diverse topics like health & safety, child development, and sound business practices. CCR&Rs work 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...

No one has a greater impact on the quality of care than the people who work with children every day. That is why CCR&Rs across the country provide ongoing professional development opportunities to child care providers and staff. By supporting accreditation programs, helping create financial incentives for education, and advocating for better compensation for providers, CCR&Rs improve the quality of care for all children.

CCR&Rs bridge child care and education...

High-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. Educating parents about early learning and the components of quality care is also a major part of CCR&R services. CCR&Rs are dedicated to informing communities about the important links between early learning and later success in school.

CCR&Rs document child care needs and trends...

What makes CCR&Rs unique is their ability to gather information to better understand family needs. CCR&Rs are the major source of information about the local supply and cost of child care. CCR&Rs are able to track trends about the changing needs of families.

CCR&Rs engage new partners...

High-quality child care does more than benefit children; it can create positive results for entire families and for communities as a whole. By reaching out to business leaders, law enforcement, school teachers, and others, CCR&Rs help make child care an issue the entire community cares about. CCR&Rs collaborate 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, and creating new ways to meet those needs, CCR&Rs bring the voices of children, families, and child care providers to the public.