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 by providing:
- referrals to local child care providers
- information on state licensing requirements
- information on availability of child care subsidies
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
- understanding the delicate balance of family life, particularly for low-income families
- understanding that finding high-quality child care is just a first step to raising happy, healthy children
- by offering workshops, hot lines, and newsletters
- reaching out to parents with trusted, local information that enables them to make informed choices
CCR&Rs build the supply of child care by...
- providing an entry point to the child care field
- helping providers meet licensing requirements
- supporting providers by offering low-cost or free training in diverse topics like health & safety, child development, and sound business practices
- working 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 by...
- providing ongoing professional development opportunities to child care providers and staff
- supporting accreditation programs
- helping create financial incentives for education
- advocating for better compensation for providers
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 by:
- educating parents about early learning and the components of quality care
- informing communities about the important links between early learning and later success in school
CCR&Rs document child care needs and trends by...
- gathering information to better understand family needs
- acting as a major source of information about the local supply and cost of child care
- tracking trends about the changing needs of families
CCR&Rs engage new partners by...
- reaching out to business leaders, law enforcement, school teachers, and others
- making child care an issue the entire community cares about
- collaborating 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
- creating new ways to meet those needs
- bringing the voices of children, families, and child care providers to the public
Child Care Aware®, a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), is partly funded by the Child Care Bureau (CCB), Office of Family Assistance (OFA), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services