Choosing Child Care
- Child Care / Day Care at Care.com
Ever wish you had a Day Care Directory - or, a list of the nearest available babysitters? Now you do! Enter in your zip code and find what is available around you. Complete with pre-screened profiles and background checks.
Government and State Resources
- Child Care Bureau
Click on the “Parents’ Place” tab. The Child Care Bureau is dedicated to enhancing the quality, affordability, and availability of child care for all families. The Child Care Bureau administers federal funds to states, territories, and tribes to assist low-income families in accessing quality child care for children when the parents work or participate in education or training.
- National Network for Child Care (NNCC)
This site has extensive info on child care issues. NNCC also offers an online forum and you can explore childcare resources by state. The National Network for Child Care acts as a hub for childcare information from of many of the nation's leading universities.
- Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware’s Web site connects families to child care information and referrals through local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies. Child Care Aware is a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
- National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
Learn more about child care resource and referral agencies. NACCRRA is the national network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the US.
- National Child Care Association
Click on ‘Parents – Find a Center’ at the top of the page to find a daycare center nearest you. The National Child Care Association (NCCA) is the national association serving the private, licensed childhood care and education community. It is a professional trade association focused exclusively on the needs of licensed, private childhood care and education programs.
Child Care Health
Government and State Resources
- Parents Guide to Immunization
The Center for Disease Control has provided a free 94-page booklet about childhood vaccinations. You can print your own copy or order a free booklet online. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the principal U.S. government agency for protecting the health and safety of all Americans and for providing essential human services.
- Your Family Health and
Knowing the details of your family’s health information can come in handy in the event of an emergency. Click on the link on the top right: “Download printable booklet: Family Health and Medical Record (PDF)”. Print out this 18-page pdf form and fill it in with all the necessary information. Remember to make several copies: keep one at work, at school, and a few at home. Print out extra copies of pages 7-12 if you have more than one child. Be sure to update the information regularly. The Texas Cooperative Extension is an educational organization provided by the U.S. government, the state government through Texas A&M University, and your county government.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) Web site has good info on general children’s health topics. American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of health and well-being for all children.
- National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care: Healthy Kids
Information on quality childcare tips and childcare health topics: head lice, biting, asthma, nutrition and more. The NRC's primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation.