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Child Care Resources

The Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Network provides information about state-funded early learning programs, such as School Readiness, Voluntary Prekindergarten, Head Start, Early Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters. Local resource and referral offices have information about financial assistance options and community resources to meet your family’s needs.

The first five years of your child’s life are when the foundations for learning, health and behavior are developed. As your child’s first teacher, you can prepare your child for success in life by providing a safe, consistent and loving environment. Whether you need information, help finding child care or other assistance, you can request services from CCR&R at your local early learning coalition. They can help you find quality child care and connect you with other community resources such as food, medical care, workforce support, housing assistance, and more.

For an overview of CCR&R, check out the CCR&R Fact Sheet in English (PDF) and CCR&R Fact Sheet in Spanish (PDF).

If you have a question about how to identify quality child care and early education programs or how to locate a provider who meets your family’s needs, you can find answers through a statewide network of child care resource and referral services. To locate a child care resource and referral office in your area, contact your early learning coalition, call (toll-free) 1-866-357-3239 or email us at

Additional Resources

Child Care Regulation in Florida

The Department of Children and Families has a State of Florida Licensing website with information about the provider’s services, inspection reports and other helpful information. For more information, visit their website:

Florida Abuse Hotline

The Florida Abuse Hotline accepts reports 24 hours a day and 7 days a week of known or suspected child abuse, neglect, or abandonment and reports of known or suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Please call 1-800-962-2873 or use the links below to report a child or adult abuse. Abuse Hotline - Florida Department of Children and Families

Family Engagement

Family engagement is the systematic inclusion of families as partners in a child’s development. It is a shared responsibility of the Division of Early Learning, early learning coalitions, early learning programs and providers to engage families in meaningful ways to actively support their children’s learning, development and wellness. Further, family engagement fosters school readiness skills in young children such as impulse control, attention, memory and planning skills.

Selecting a Summer Camp-English

When selecting summer care for your school age child, there are many options to consider. You may use this checklist DCF Camp Checklist Flyer - English (PDF) as a guide to help you make a choice that is safe and fun for your child.

Selecting a Summer Camp-Spanish

Al seleccionar el cuidado de verano para su hijo en edad escolar, hay muchas opciones a considerar. Puede usar esta lista de verificación, folleto de la lista de verificación del campamento DCF (PDF) como una guía para ayudarlo a tomar una decisión que sea segura y divertida para su hijo.

Need Help Finding Quality Child Care?

To learn more about eligibility criteria, contact your county's early learning coalition or call the Child Care Resource and Referral State Network at 1-866-357-3239.