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Today's busy parents and caregivers need reliable, quality child care options. Maybe this is your first child and you are not sure where to begin, or perhaps you are looking for new child care options. Either way, you have landed on the right spot, to get answers to many of your child care related questions. If you can't find what you are looking for here, please reach out to our Director of Early Education & Family Support.
Smart Start Rowan works with Child Care Resources Inc. to offer parents free, personalized referrals to licensed child care providers in Rowan county. These referrals are not recommendations. Call them at 704-348-2181 or use the online search option.
There are many child care options in NC, and it can be difficult to know which is best for your family. The CCR&R Council has created a wonderful brochure that explains various child care options, licensing requirements, and information about choosing quality child care.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) is the regulatory agency that inspects and provides licenses' to child care programs. You can visit their website to complete a search on any licensed child care facility, including options to review licensing violations.
Family child care home programs, typically offer a mixed age-group setting in a home environment. Depending on enrollment, these facilities are licensed by DCDEE.
Child Care Centers may be privately owned, or a part of a church, a public school setting, or operated as part of a Head Start program. There are a few exceptions when these programs do not need to be licensed by DCDEE.