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Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) organizations meet a need that no one else does. Committed to providing information, support, and advocacy, they believe that the needs of every child in every community can and must be met.

CCR&R’s 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 CCR&R’s help parents take the guesswork out of choosing care by giving them referrals to local child care providers, information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other pertinent information.

To find your local CCR&R within California, please see the county-by-county map of CCR&R’s or to find your local CCR&R using your zip code, call the Child Care Connection at (800) KIDS-793 (800-543-7793). For CCR&R’s outside of California, please go to Child Care Aware or call them at (800) 424-2246.

CCR&R’s support families to raise healthy children…
By talking with parents one-on-one, CCR&R counselors gain a unique understanding of the delicate balance of family life, particularly for low-income families. Through workshops, hot lines, and newsletters, CCR&R’s reach out to parents with trusted, local information that enables them to make informed choices.
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CCR&R’s build the supply of child care…
CCR&R’s provide an entry point to the child care field, helping providers meet licensing requirements. CCR&R’s also support providers by offering low-cost or free training in diverse topics like health & safety, child development, and good business practices. CCR&R’s work with local and state governments and the private sector to leverage resources for building and maintaining the supply of quality child care.

CCR&R’s improve the quality of child care…

By supporting accreditation programs, helping create financial incentives for education, and advocating for better compensation for providers, CCR&R’s improve the quality of care for all children.

CCR&R’s bridge child care and education…
Educating parents about early learning and the components of quality care is also a major part of CCR&R services. CCR&R’s are dedicated to informing communities about the important links between early learning and later success in school.

CCR&R’s document child care needs and trends…
CCR&R’s are the major source of information about the local supply and cost of child care. CCR&R’s are able to track trends about the changing needs of families.

CCR&R’s engage new partners…

By reaching out to business leaders, law enforcement officials, school teachers, and others, CCR&R’s help make child care an issue the entire community cares about. CCR&R’s collaborate with other family support services to promote a holistic vision of child care that includes health, literacy, and special needs.