Or, for free, personalized assistance, contact a LOCATE: Child Care referral specialist by calling 877.261.0060 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A referral specialist will help you to identify child care options based on your family’s specific needs.
What is LOCATE: Child Care
LOCATE: Child Care, is a free and confidential referral service that will help you find the best child care for your family.
LOCATE: Child Care is affiliated with all of Maryland’s regulated child care providers.
LOCATE: Child Care referral options include:
Center-based care facilities
Private nursery schools
Head Start programs
How does LOCATE: Child Care help parents find child care? When a parent contacts LOCATE: Child Care, a referral specialist will:
Discuss the family’s child care preferences, including type of care, location, cost, and other variables;
Describe the type of child care available;
Explain guidelines for quality child care;
Search the LOCATE: Child Care database to present you with a list of options;
Provide current information on early childhood education and best child care practices, and
Link the caller to other resources, such as the Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program.
LOCATE: Child Care referral specialists respect the caregiver’s right and ability to choose the best care for their child. Referral specialists are professionals holding a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Your information will be kept confidential.
LOCATE: Child Care also offers over the phone and online search options for special needs children and for after-school activities. More information about these services are available by visiting the For Parents page.
Save time by completing an online intake form found here before speaking with a LOCATE: Child Care referral specialist. Once you have submitted the form, a referral specialist will contact you within three business days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.