Types of Childcare
- In-home care provided by a parent, grandparent, relative or other caretaker.
- A licensed family childcare home provides care in a home with a maximum of five preschool aged children in care at one time. Find family childcare homes near home or work.
- A licensed childcare center that meets certain state standards, including teacher to child ratios. Find licensed childcare centers near home or work.
- Early Head Start and Head Start, which provides a free high-quality experience for children ages 8 weeks old to age 4 who meet the federal poverty guidelines. Guilford Child Development administers these programs. Get details here. You may also call 336-369-5097 or 1-800-289-5098 to speak with a Child Care Parent Counselor at Guilford Child Development from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
- NC Pre-K helps 4-year-olds who meet eligibility criteria get ready for kindergarten at no cost to their families. Learn more about NC Pre-K and how to apply for the 2017-2018 academic year.
How to Choose
- Get educated. Quality matters when it comes to early childhood experiences. Learn what to look for in a program and the 10 standards for early childhood programs before starting your search.
- Learn about your options. Talking with other parents about childcare options is a good start. To find childcare that meets your specific needs and financial situation, contact a Child Care Parent Counselor at 336-369-5097 or 1-800-289-5098 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
- Visit and interview potential providers. Once you have a list of options, contact the providers to schedule a visit. Save time and get the information you need by printing and using these checklists:
- Paying for childcare. We’re not going to lie—finding affordable childcare is challenging. Your child may qualify for a scholarship or other assistance may be available to you. Learn more by calling a Child Care Parent Counselor at 336-369-5097 or 1-800-289-5098 from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.