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Child Care

A Guide to Government Information

Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.

Search Tips:

Mix and match these terms in searching the library catalog, WestCat , or use them to search journal articles and law reviews via the library's Databases page. You can also use them to search government information sites listed on our Starting Points page - click the tab and pay particular attention to the Top Six.

  • child care
  • Head Start
  • assistance
  • day care
  • child care provider
  • babysitting
  • child care services
  • early childhood education
  • federal aid to early childhood education
  • regulations
  • licensing

Related Topics:
  • poverty
  • welfare
  • child abuse

An important source for many research topics is Congress. Congressional committees and subcommittees hold hearings on a wide variety of controversial and timely subjects. Simply add the word "hearing?" to a search string in WestCat .

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Use these search engines to search for government information by typing "site:gov" in the search box preceding your search terms:

  • site:gov "child care" or site:mil child care

Federal Government Information

This is the website of the Office of Child Care Technical Assistance Network, which includes information on finding or becoming a quality child care provider. Also, statistics by state on children and child care.

Child Care

Census Bureau webpage providing child care cost and arrangement statistics.

Office of Child Care

This federal agency administers the Child Care and Development Fund and collects statistics on its implementation.

Child Care and Development Fund (

This federal program provides assistance to low-income families who need child care due to work, training or education.

Child Day Care Centers - Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

This federal program helps provide food to day care centers for children in low-income families.

Child Care Aware

This site, partially funded by the Office of Child Care, has information and resources for parents and providers.

Child Care Finder

This program shows you what agency serves your area to assist in find child care providers.

State Licensing and Regulation Information - National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education

This site provides links to regulations for day care center by state.

Head Start Locator

This site locates providers of Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Early Childhood Care and Education Programs: Background and Funding

This report delineates the federal programs available to low income families in need of child care and early education.

Military Child Care Programs (Military OneSource)

This website helps military families seeking child care.

Child Care Safety Checklist for Parents & Child Care Providers

This safety checklist includes unsafe items like blind and curtain cords, width of slats on cribs, playground equipment.
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Employment Training: Successful Projects Share Common Strategy. (GAO)

One merit of all successful employment training projects was the provision of child care. May 1996
GA 1.13: HEHS-96-108 (fiche)

Illinois Government Information
Child Care (IDHS)

This web page from the Illinois Department of Human Services links to child care programs and resources available in Illinois.

Child Care

This webpage from the Illinois Department of Human Services calculates your eligibility to receive child care services available via DHS.

Macomb Information
Resources: Day Care

Day care resources available to the Macomb community.

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