• Kathleen Burns

Child Care Resources to Help You Support Your Family

Updated: Sep 21

Your go-to guide for managing the child care challenges of COVID-19.


For essential workers, balancing work and home life has always been challenging. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has added an additional layer of unique challenges for parents and caregivers especially. At connectRN, we believe in supporting healthcare heroes holistically, both in and out of work. So, we compiled this list of resources to help our community find child care support they can depend on during this unpredictable time.


When looking for child care resources to help support your family, start by identifying your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency. These agencies serve as local resources that are able to help you find child care options that work for your family’s situation and needs. CCR&R agencies can also help you find child care financial assistance, including subsidies, vouchers, and scholarship programs, if that is something you need. We’ve included links to help you identify your local CCR&R agency in order to get individualized help.


For general information about child care and how to receive financial assistance, or if you don’t see your state on this list, check out childcareaware.org. Child Care Aware of America works with over 400 Child Care Resource and Referral agencies nationwide. They provide helpful information and resources for navigating child care.




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Florida


Find child care near you:

  • Florida Early Learning offers information about child care amidst COVID-19, finding quality child care, and statewide initiatives.

  • Child Care Resource and Referral agencies for Orange County can be found here.

Child care financial assistance:

Indiana


Find child care near you:

  • Find your local Child Care Resource and Referral Services here.

  • Click here to use filters to search for registered child care options in Indiana that fit your family’s needs.

  • Child Care Answers can assist parents in Hamilton County, Marion County, and Hendricks County to find childcare, understand their payment options, and offer tips and support.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Check out The Child Care Resource Network for answers to FAQ’s and help finding assistance here.


Maryland


Find child care near you:

  • Locate: Child Care is a free resource for finding child care services that work for your family’s needs. Complete this quick form and a child care referral specialist will reach out to you.

  • Kids Care Plus offers free short term child care options. Learn more here.

  • Read the Maryland COVID-19 Recovery Plan for Child Care here.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Learn about eligibility for Maryland Child Care Scholarships here.

  • Apply for a child care scholarship here.


Massachusetts


Find child care near you:

  • MA Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies can help provide families with resources for access to child care services, including helping eligible families receive economic assistance.

  • Search for your town’s CCR&R agency here.

  • Resources from the Massachusetts Department of Early Childhood Education and Care can be found here.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Learn about local child care subsidy options here.

  • For more information on finding financial assistance for your child care, click here.


New Jersey


Find child care near you:

  • Identify your local Child Care Resource and Referral agency based on county here.

  • The New Jersey government has released several COVID-19 resources for family and children here.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Learn about the New Jersey Division of Family Development’s child care subsidy programs here.

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Ohio


Find child care near you:

  • Find your county on this map to identify your local Child Care Resource and Referral Service.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Find an extensive list of family resources from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, including finding child care, learning about financial assistance programs, and more here.


Pennsylvania


Find child care near you:

  • Child Care FAQ’s for families in need of care can be found here.

  • Search for child care options near you using your address or zip code here.

  • Find your local Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) here for help understanding potential options for child care and payment support that fit your needs.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Click here to see if you qualify for financial assistance from the state of Pennsylvania.

  • Learn about the Child Care Works Subsidized Child Care Program here.


Virginia


Find child care near you:

  • Use this map to find your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Service provider.

  • Find COVID-19 child care resources and updates here.

Child care financial assistance:

  • Find information about the Virginia Child Care Subsidy Program here.

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