Finding Child Care: A Guide for Families

A step-by-step guide to finding the right place for your child.

You are the expert when it comes to your child. This guide offers steps for choosing care, questions to ask programs, and things to look for as you visit child care programs. It also has additional information about child care and links to useful resources.

This guide is available for download in English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, and print copies are available in English and Spanish.

Complete the order form to have a free copy of “Finding Child Care: A Guide for Families” mailed to you or download the guide using the links below:

Ready to start your search? Use our online tool or call 888.291.9811 for additional support.

Are you interested in ordering this guide in bulk? Email your request to

Are you a social worker, financial worker, job coach, counselor, health care professional, or someone else who helps families with their child care search? Use our free toolkit, “Intermediary Toolkit: Helping Parents and Families Find Child Care.”

Finding Child Care Guide Order Form

Beginning June 29, 2020, licensed child care programs are required to develop and carry out COVID-19 preparedness plans. Ask your child care program about their COVID-19 preparedness plan.

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