Child Care Services
The following resources link families and service providers to organizations that supply information on types of child care and how to find quality child care. Research and reports also are provided that discuss child care services and policies.
Child Care Aware
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
Offers child care providers resources to use in their programs and helps families locate quality child care programs in their communities.
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Informs parents, providers, researchers, and policymakers about relevant child care issues such as abuse and neglect, child development, choosing and paying for child care, operating a child care business, and more.
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center
Provides comprehensive child care information resources to key stakeholders in States, Territories, and Tribes; early care and school-age professionals; and the general public.
Office of Head Start
Administration for Children and Families
Funds agencies that offer Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which provide comprehensive child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a focus on school readiness and parent involvement.
Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs: What States Provide Online With Respect to SNAP, TANF, Child Care Assistance, Medicaid, and CHIP (PDF - 938 KB)
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (2011)
Provides listings of benefit program availability in each State and links to information for each State's application process and eligibility.
Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse
Connects research to policy and practice and is designed to enhance collaboration and partnerships among researchers, policymakers, and practitioners representing cross-disciplinary areas.
State Child Care Assistance Policies 2009: Most States Hold the Line, but Some Lose Ground in Hard Times (PDF - 409 KB)
Schulman & Blank (2009)
Examines States' policies on income limits and eligibility for child care assistance as well as parent co-payments and provider reimbursement rates.
Summary of Child Care and Development Fund Policies for Children in Protective Services
National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (2008)
View Abstract and Document
Summarizes State child care eligibility requirements for children involved with the child welfare system and lists a range of representative State policies on the subject.
The Use of Relative Care While Parents Work (PDF - 419 KB)
Snyder & Adelman (2004)
Examines the use of relative care, characteristics of its setting, and how often it is relied on as the only child care arrangement instead of one of a combination of arrangements.