ChildCare.gov Project

National Child Care Consumer Education Projects: ChildCare.gov

Childcare.gov

The CCDBG Reauthorization Act of 2014 included a requirement to design and develop a national website to disseminate publicly available child care consumer education information for parents and working families. ChildCare.gov is a partnership between the Office of Child Care and state child care agencies. The information on the ChildCare.gov website is designed to help parents link to their state or territory child care website and search for safe, quality child care by zip code, and to find support services in their community that families need to grow and thrive. ChildCare.gov information includes:

  • Finding Child Care
  • Paying for Child Care
  • Choosing Quality Care for Your Children
  • Ensuring Safe and Healthy Child Care
  • Other Support and Resources for Your Family
  • Your Child’s Health and Development
  • “Must Have” Checklists for Parents Visiting Potential Child Care Providers

States, Territories and all stakeholders are encouraged to access the Consumer Education Website Technical Assistance page for additional resources.

ChildCare.gov is

Childcare.gov is not

  • A requirement of CCDBG Reauthorization
  • Connected to state/territory/local systems, if available
  • One entry point for families seeking information and support
  • In English and Spanish
  • A national database
  • A duplication of state/territory systems already in place

 

ChildCare.gov also links to a list of state toll-free phone numbers and regional numbers for agencies designated to receive and investigate reports of suspected health and safety violations. Professionals and concerned citizens can call state hotlines or regional numbers to share their concerns.

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For additional questions or comments related to the ChildCare.Gov Website, please contact Paula Smith.

 

 

Last Reviewed: July 22, 2019