Partners for Our Children

Governor: The Child Care Aware contract that provides a child care licensing data bank and child care provider referral call center and website are eliminated. Referral services are also provided at local Department of Early Learning Centers and through the child care call center within the Department of Social and Health Services.
Senate: Funding is eliminated for contracted child care resources and referrals services provided by a non-profit organization. These services include a statewide child care licensing data bank and toll-free consumer education hotline, online referral system, and staff who provide written child care referrals, community awareness and information about high-quality child care. These services will be provided by the department through a single-source child care referral, licensing and early achievers rating website.