WASHINGTON, DC –Child Care Aware™, a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA, www.naccrra.org), has made online searching for local child care resources even easier. Releasing a new version of the Child Care Aware™ website (www.childcareaware.org), Child Care Aware™ now provides an improved "first stop" for parents searching online for child care.
Child Care Aware™ provides parents with both information on selecting child care that meets the needs of their families, but also puts them in touch with local experts on child care in their communities. The site contains information parents need to know when searching for child care, as well as tools for evaluating a provider. In addition, the new site allows parents to enter their ZIP code and view contact information on the nearest community child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency. This information also includes the websites of local CCR&R agencies, a toll-free hotline and local phone numbers to reach parent counselors.
According to Yasmina Vinci, NACCRRA's Executive Director, "Parents want online access to child care information. Child Care Aware™ is their link to locally-rich information that is updated regularly by local child care experts in the field." Dr. G. Clark Smith, the Director of Child Care Aware and NACCRRA's Chief Information Officer, concurs, "With parents in mind, we have worked to ensure that the Child Care Aware™ site offers the tools they need, when and where they need them. One of the unique aspects of the online child care services offered on this site is access to local care and learning specialists as well as information online to help guide parents in their child care search."
About Child Care Aware™
Child Care Aware™ is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Child Care Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Child Care Aware™ was created in 1988 through private donations from the Dayton Hudson Foundation. The national, toll free parent information hotline was first established in 1992. Since then, the number has become a steady resource, consistently used in print media, parenting books and publications, television programs, and national public awareness campaigns on child care and related early childhood services and programs. Millions of new parents know the number and start their search for child care by calling 1.800.424.2246 or searching www.childcareaware.org. Once successfully used, they share it with family and friends, and then file the number and website address for future reference.
NACCRRA is a membership organization of almost 700 community-based child care resource and referral (CCR&R) programs from every state in the United States, some provinces in Canada, and in Great Britain. NACCRRA's mission is to provide vision, leadership, and support to community child care resource and referral and to promote national policies and partnerships committed to the development and learning of all children.
About Child Care Resource & Referral
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) programs operate in most urban and rural communities. The work of CCR&Rs centers on information through child care referrals, consumer education, provider training, technical assistance, advocacy, work with employers and efforts to build the supply of care. CCR&Rs have daily contacts with families and child care programs and providers. Thus, NACCRRA and its member organizations constitute an information network with unique and unprecedented reach in compiling and transferring information. The network is uniquely positioned for the collection, exchange, mediation, analysis and dissemination of information and knowledge at local, state and national levels. Community-based CCR&R programs, providing objective, accurate and up-to-date information and expert consultation, are a trusted resource for families, providers and communities.