New Tools to Help Parents Choose Child Care 

June 17, 2016


One of the hardest decisions many parents face is who will care for their child:

6 out of 10 young children in the U.S. have both parents (or their sole caregiver) in the workforce. This means that millions of families have the difficult job of exploring, choosing and paying for child care.

Parents need tools, guidance and support to make the best decision for their family:

  • Visit the new ChildCareVA.com to research things like child-teacher ratio, location and licensing for centers in your community. An important part of the website is a section titled “What’s New, What’s Changing” that provides information on child care changes occurring in Virginia.
  • Listen to this new PSA from the Commonwealth to help parents understand the value of licensed, quality child care that promotes the health and safety of children.  Additional PSAs for radio and TV are being developed.
  • Our Choosing Child Care Fact Sheets help parents understand their options and important questions to ask while doing research. (Available in English and Spanish!)

If you are working with families who are in need of child care, make sure they are connected to these resources. Making educated decisions that fit within the needs of families can relieve a major stressor for parents.