The nonprofit Contra Costa Child Care Council is here to help you find a child care or preschool program that works for you. Serving families for 40 years, the Child Care Council provides free child care referrals and parent and early educator resources.
To get FREE referrals for licensed child care anywhere in Contra Costa, simply Create a New Account and follow the steps to tell us your needs.
Choosing child care for your child is a hard job, but you can do it. It is helpful to consider what your family’s needs are, including location, hours of care (part-time, full-time, non-traditional hours), cost, snacks and meals offered, program curriculum or schedule of activities, etc.
Consider licensed child care centers and licensed home-based family child care programs. Whether you are looking for infant, toddler, preschool, before- and after-school child care or care for a child with special needs, let us know.
We urge you to take the time to search and interview for the right care-giving partner for your child and family.
Seven Tips to Finding Child Care
1. Conduct phone interviews and confirm the information you receive.
2. Visit and interview those child care providers that meet your child and family’s needs.
3. Ask for references and speak to other parents who use their services.
4. We strongly suggest that you review a potential child care provider’s licensing history before placing your child in care.* (See below.)
5. Always visit several child care providers before deciding on one.
6. Note that some community-based child care programs are exempt from licensing. Ask about their complaint policies and procedures.
7. Observe and/or listen to your child and trust your instincts.
*California State Law requires a licensed facility/provider to show you any licensing report that documents a visit to the facility or a substantiated complaint investigation within the last three years. Contact the CA Department of Social Services, COMMUNITY CARE LICENSING, for a complete file on a licensed child care provider. Complaints and violations are available at www.ccld.ca.gov or (510) 622-2602.
For more information, our tip sheets Looking for Child Care and A Parent’s Checklist for Child Care (Spanish version) can help you find “quality” care and early education for your child. See a full list of parenting tip sheets.
If you have any questions, please contact a Child Care Referral Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-cocokid (1-866-262-6543).
The Contra Costa Child Care Council has experts in child care, preschool, Kindergarten readiness, child nutrition and physical activity, and more. Visit www.cocokids.org to learn about the nonprofit services that can help you and join our community.