Child Care Resource and Referral

The Early Learning Coalition maintains a database of all Manatee County childcare providers. Families who contact us for provider information are given child care referrals that are customized to the criteria they submit. Results are generated based on family need and provider match criteria submitted by the family.

Families are educated on identifying quality within a program and encouraged to screen providers by phone, drop in unannounced, and research licensing reports. Once families receive the referrals, it is up to them to make this important personal decision. They are encouraged to monitor for quality even after their child has been placed in a program.

The information we circulate to families comes directly from information that providers report to us. Therefore it is essential that providers notify us when there are changes to their programs. To update program information, view How to Update Provider Information.

Provider marketing of any kind at our office, inside or outside, is prohibited.