Families, now you can use our Online Referral System to find child care!
Finding the right, high quality child care program to meet your family’s needs can be an overwhelming experience. To assist you in your search, we offer an online database of over 200 child care programs in Island, San Juan, and Whatcom counties, as well as Resource and Referral Coordinators available by email/phone to help you make one of the most important decisions in your child’s life. Child Care Resource and Referral’s vision is to ensure that every child gets a great start in school and in life, starting with a high quality child care/early learning program.
We help families of all income levels to access child care in Island, San Juan, and Whatcom counties. We provide several options so your family can find the best solution that fits your particular needs. Our database includes licensed child care centers, licensed family child care programs, license-exempt preschools and school age programs.
Search ANYTIME! You will have access to our online database by clicking on the link below:
Online Search for Licensed Child Care
Services For Families
All families want the best start in life for their children. CCR&R
informs families and communities about the importance of quality child care and early learning and the range of available choices.
CCR&R connects individual families with resources available in the community to help them meet their needs, including options for
help paying for child care, agencies that help families meet basic needs, resources for parenting education, and child enrichment
opportunities. CCR&R provides data and works with providers, community partners and policymakers to enhance the quality and
availability of early learning programs and to increase funding for the early learning system.
- Child Care Resource & Referral Brochure – A description of services offered by CCR&R.
- Child Care Request Form – Printable forms to request referrals to licensed child care.
- Informative Letter for Parents and Families – Cover letter with resources for families.
- Indicators of High-Quality Child Care – A review of the six (6) indicators of high-quality programs and providers.
- Child Care Checklist – A helpful tool to use when interviewing early care and education programs.
- Looking for Child Care – Factors to take into consideration when selecting child care.
- Paying for Child Care – Information about the cost of care, government assistance, employer-sponsored programs, and tax credits.
- Child Care Rates – Average and range of rates differentiated by county, type of care, and age of child.
- Using Child Care – Helping you child transition into child care.
- Child Care Guide Brochure – Basic child care licensing requirements.
- Child Development – Stages of development, birth to five years old.
- Preschool Theme Kits from Opportunity Council – Curricula and materials available to check out via Opportunity Council.
- Preschool Theme Kits from Your Public Library – Curricula and materials available to check out via public libraries.
- Parenting Education Opportunities – Classes, workshops, and trainings held in Island, San Juan, and Whatcom Counties.
- Homeless Child Care Program – Offers short-term, free child care for some homeless families that are not eligible for another child care subsidy program.
- Early Support for Infants and Toddlers – Assists families whose children ages birth to three have developmental delays.
- Additional Resources – Opportunity Council services and programs.