Choosing the right child care for your family is an important and sometimes challenging decision for parents, guardians, and caregivers. VOCS wants to help you choose the right option for you and your family’s needs and schedules.
Before looking for child care, contact our Resource & Referral Staff who are always ready to help you make an informed decision. We’re available via phone, email, and in person!
To learn more about the various childcare options available, read the sections below to find the right fit for your family.
If you are looking for a traditional option, a Child Care Center may be the right environment for your children. Child Care Centers (CCC) have a director, and numerous staff, and offer structured education, safety, care, and adherence to licensing regulations.
A Child Care Center is operated in a commercial care space. Child Care Centers are larger, so more children can be enrolled and more staff are present during operating hours.
Here are some of the reasons families may choose a Child Care Center:
Every child has their own unique needs and for some, a Family Child Care Home (FCCH) may be the right fit for them. Family Child Care Homes may be an alternative for families seeking a smaller, more home-like environment. They offer the same level of safety, care, and adherence to licensing regulations as well.
A Family Child Care Home (FCCH) is a care setting within the provider’s home. These providers are referred to as FCCHs and they are licensed facilities.
Here are some of the reasons families may choose an FCCH:
License Exempt Providers (also known as “Family, Friends, & Neighbors” or “FFN”) provide care in a private home, typically by someone in your personal network; including a family member, a friend, a neighbor, or a current caregiver. FFN care allows for a family-friendly setting that can support parent’s values and culture.
FFN care is provided either in your home or in the home of the personal caregiver you choose. They are not required to adhere to licensing regulations but still provide individualized attention, accessibility, and flexibility.
Flexible for non-traditional hours
Close to home
Trust, relationship, & family development
If you are evaluating child care options, read our 5 Steps to Finding Care checklist below,
a helpful list of recommendations to make sure a child care provider is right for you!
Contact us today for childcare referrals!