For Families & Parents

BCCCRC provides information and services for families.

LOCATE: Child Care is a resource and referral service that:

  • Helps parents identify and choose child care best suited to their needs, preferences, and ability to pay;
  • Offers parents information on all regulated or licensed early care and education programs in Baltimore City, including child care centers, family child care providers, private nursery schools and kindergartens, school-age programs, Head Start, Early Head Start and summer camps.
  • Counsels parents on how to identify a quality child care setting.
  • Documents the need for child care, cost of care, extent of services available and other pertinent data based on information it receives from child care providers and parents;
  • Reports its findings to legislators, policy-makers, advocates, child care professionals and the general public.

Guide to Choosing Child Care. Choosing child care is a difficult task and one that only you, the parent, can do. But with care, you can select an arrangement that will add positive experiences to your child's life. This guide is designed to help you collect the information you need to make a well-informed choice about care for your child.

Policies regarding illnesses and attendance in child care centers. Parents often have questions about when to keep children home from day care.Here are some simple guidelines to follow until you can contact your doctor or health care professional for advice.

Choosing Child Care for Children with Special Needs. Choosing child care for a child with special needs can be a difficult task. LOCATE: Child Care provides enhanced service to help parents of special needs children define needs and evaluate options. Here you'll find more information on this service.