Finding quality, affordable, and enriching child care is critical for families. The myriad factors to consider can also make it challenging for families. 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.
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, An Office of the Administration for Health and Human Services
Informs families of resources for finding quality child care and early education programs that support children’s development and assist caregivers in accessing services.
Child Care Aware of America
Provides access to a national network of child care resource and referral agencies to ensure families have access to quality, affordable child care.
Child Care Financial Assistance Options
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Care
Focuses on child care services options that are available depending on a family’s needs and budget.
Improving Child Care Subsidy Programs: Findings from the Work Support Strategies Evaluation (PDF - 409 KB)
Isaacs, Hahn, & Rohacek (2018)
Highlights the approaches and lessons learned by five States that participated in Workforce Support Strategies to improve access to and retention of child subsidy programs. The study concludes with implications for the field.
Military Child Care
Provides access to Department of Defense approved child care options worldwide.
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.
Quality Early Education and Child Care From Birth to Kindergarten
American Academy of Pediatrics, 140(2)
Explains why quality matters in early child care, the barriers to high-quality care, strategies for improvements, and recommendations for community-, State-, and national-level actions.
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood National Center
Child Care Services Association
Provides program services, tools, and resources to create a stable child care and early education setting.