Choosing a Provider

Choosing a Child Care Provider

Finding and selecting child care can be a difficult and overwhelming task. Child Care Aware® of America alongside our partner network of over 400 Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) can help you select a high-quality child care program that supports your child, your family and your ability to work.


Information for Families

Whether you are a new parent, recently moved to a new area or are wondering what options available to you and your family, we have information and resources to guide you. Learn more about, Choosing Quality Child Care, Types of Child Care, Child Care Regulations, and managing the Cost of Child Care.

Start Your Search

Child Care Checklists

Know what to look for and the right questions to ask when visiting with a potential early care and education provider. Our Selecting a Child Care Program page and the following checklists will make the job easier.

Use a Checklist


Connect With a Child Care Resource and Referral Expert

If you’d like to talk about your options or learn more about how to choose quality child care, contact us! We offer the following services to families and providers:  

Call Center: (800) 424-2246, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday-Friday 


Live Chat: Visit and click on the Live Chat button to interact with a live specialist 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday – Friday.   

Local Support: Connect with a local Child Care Resource and Referral agency (CCR&R) for information and resources in your area.  


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