National Child Care Consumer Education Website and State Child Care Search Websites

Did you know that, as part of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization, the Office of Child Care (in the Administration of Children and Families) is going to create a national website to educate the American public about different types of child care, what quality means and help parents find child care overall?

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) wants to make sure they get this right.  Especially because what ACF does will be a base template for what each and every state is going to have to implement for their required child care consumer information websites.

ACF is seeking comment and there are specific questions the agency is asking for comment on which you can find here.  Some of these questions include:

  • Providers may use the national Web site as a way to increase visibility of their programs and services. What kinds of information should providers be able to include that would help both themselves and parents?
  • In particular, what Web site design features will deliver information that is accurate and easy to find and understand, so that parents can easily find high-quality services that meet their needs?
  • In particular, what Web site design features will deliver information that is accurate and easy to find and understand, so that parents can easily find high-quality services that meet their needs? Are there any priorities?

Comments are due on April 7th. Not sure what to say or what your opinion is?  Take a look at your own state website and determine what you like, what you think could work better or what you would like to see. Answer ACF's questions in regard to the state's child care search and child care consumer information.

For your ease, please find below the link to all of the states' child care search websites.

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.