Parents

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ake our Child Care Needs Survey


SERVICES FOR PARENTS
Do you need child care?
If so, you have come to the right place! We can help you locate licensed and registered child care providers in your community. When you contact our office a Referral Counselor will ask basic questions about your child care needs. All information we discuss with you is kept strictly confidential. After we have all the information we need the Referral Counselor will give you a listing of providers that best meets your family's needs. We can give you the listing over the phone, or we can send it to you by mail, email or fax and, of course, you can pick it up at our office.

How do I get a list of child care providers?
Child care referrals are available Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm
by calling (315) 393-6474 or toll free at 1-800-246-5352.


Or you can click here
...to complete an online referral request form. A Referral Specialist will respond to your
request within one business day.

Or, if you prefer, you can download and print our referral request form that you can fill out and mail, fax, email or drop off at the office.


Coming soon...you will be able to use our automated online child care search where you can enter your information directly into our referral system at your convenience anytime of the day or night and a listing of child care providers that meet your family’s needs will be created immediately. We anticipate this service will be available by October 2015.

What educational information will I receive?
•  Referrals to New York State Licensed and Registered providers
•  Guide to Quality Child Care in St. Lawrence County
   which will give you information about:
   - What quality child care is and why it is important
   - Checklists to use on provider visits/interviews
   - Contact information to check complaint history of child care providers
   - Financial information on how to get help paying for child care including tax credits

   - Local, state and national resources for parents
•  As You Think About Child Care
   age appropriate information from the NYS Office of Children & Family Services to assist you with
   your child care selection
•  We will also include other materials we believe you may find helpful.

Help us to improve our services to parents. Please take a moment to complete our Parent Referral Services Evaluation.

Or download and print the Parent Referral Services Evaluation
Please fax, mail or drop it off at our office to the attention of Dee Burlingame.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION…
Our child care referral services are FREE! That’s right... FREE!
We do not make recommendations to child care providers...


The SLCCC does not provide recommendations to child care providers.  The provider names and information you receive are referrals. Just because a program is registered or licensed it does not always ensure quality care. You are the best person to decide whether the provider and quality of the program is right for your child. We encourage you to visit several providers before making your final choice.  Ask for references and contact them to see what they have to say about the provider you are thinking of using. 

Confidentiality...
Any information you share with SLCCC is kept strictly confidential and will not be shared without your written permission.

Comments/Concerns...
If you have any comments or concerns about our referral services, please contact Bruce Stewart, Executive Director at (315) 393-6474 or bstewart@stlawrencechildcare.org  

RESOURCES...

 

CHILD CARE AWARE OF AMERICA

 

ZERO TO THREE
...is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. 

IS THIS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR MY CHILD
...is a wonderful brochure from Child Care Aware of America which provides information about quality indicators in child care programs.  We encourage you to read this before you interview or visit child care providers.

If you have any questions please contact the St. Lawrence Child Care Council by phone at (315) 393-6474 or email at geninfo@stlawrencechildcare.org