Selecting child care is one of the most important decisions your family will make for your young child. Because your child’s first five years last forever, take the time to make the best choice.

Click here to search for child care online.

Or, for free, personalized assistance, contact a LOCATE: Child Care referral specialist by calling 877.261.0060 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. A referral specialist will help you to identify child care options based on your family’s specific needs.

What is LOCATE: Child Care

LOCATE: Child Care, is a free and confidential referral service that will help you find the best child care for your family.

LOCATE: Child Care is affiliated with all of Maryland’s regulated child care providers.

LOCATE: Child Care referral options include:

  • Child care
  • Center-based care facilities
  • Private kindergartens
  • Private nursery schools
  • Head Start programs
  • School-age programs
  • Summer camps
  • Summer programs

How does LOCATE: Child Care help parents find child care? When a parent contacts LOCATE: Child Care, a referral specialist will:

  • Discuss the family’s child care preferences, including type of care, location, cost, and other variables;
  • Describe the type of child care available;
  • Explain guidelines for quality child care;
  • Search the LOCATE: Child Care database to present you with a list of options;
  • Provide current information on early childhood education and best child care practices, and
  • Link the caller to other resources, such as the Maryland Child Care Scholarship Program.

LOCATE: Child Care referral specialists respect the caregiver’s right and ability to choose the best care for their child. Referral specialists are professionals holding a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Your information will be kept confidential.

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LOCATE: Child Care also offers over the phone and online search options for special needs children and for after-school activities. More information about these services are available by visiting the For Parents page.

Intake Form

Save time by completing an online intake form found here before speaking with a LOCATE: Child Care referral specialist. Once you have submitted the form, a referral specialist will contact you within three business days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.