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Having trouble finding child care even after looking for a while? Read on for ideas about what to do if you have not yet been able to find the right child care option for your family.

You’ve visited your state’s child care website, contacted your child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency, and gotten a list of child care options. You’ve called providers, asked questions, and set up visits. Perhaps there are waiting lists, or you just haven’t found the right fit. What can you do if you can’t find child care?

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Stay in touch with your CCR&R agency. Ask for help finding options that might work for you.

  2. Look in a different location: on your way to work, near work, or near a public transportation stop on your route to work. You may also want to try a different route to work and search for options along that commute. Some state child care search tools may enable you to search for child care providers on different routes.

  3. Talk to friends, neighbors, and people at your work or school, place of worship, or community center. Has anyone faced the same challenge? How did they find appropriate care?

  4. Discuss your child care need with your employer and with coworkers. If many of you are having the same difficulties, your employer needs to know.

  5. Make a short-term plan for child care, but don’t give up until you find the kind of care you are looking for.

  6. Get on the waiting list at every program that would work for you. Sometimes openings come up unexpectedly. Waiting lists may be shorter than anticipated, so don’t let a long projected wait keep you from getting on a list.

  7. Be sure you’ve considered all the types of child care that may be available to you.

If you have any questions about finding and selecting child care, contact your state child care resource and referral agency.