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Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)


About Child Care Resource and Referral

Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies are community based experts who make child care work by: developing professionals who care for children; connecting families with child care services; and collecting data that impacts communities.

CCR&Rs work to increase the child care supply in the areas that may lack sufficient quality child care, and offer technical assistance and training to potential and existing child care programs. CCR&Rs are heavily involved in community planning. We help communities, school districts, employers, and develop solutions to complex child care problems.

CCR&Rs are represented on statewide and local groups that are involved in collaboration and planning to meet early education and care needs of children and families. Dial 2-1-1 or (click here to find CCR&R in your area)

Each CCR&R in South Carolina manages a discreet database of existing child care programs and providers, which is updated continuously. Thousands of changes are made each year as programs open and close or change their services. This allows CCR&Rs to provide parents with the most up-to-date information possible, and track information about family referrals, family demographics (including ages of children), type of care requested (family or group settings, licensed, or registered) and specialized child care requests (care for children with special needs, sick child care, and transportation issues).

CCR&Rs in South Carolina make referrals equally to all regulated child care programs:

  • Registered Family Child Care-Individuals who care for up to 5 children in their homes or related children.
  • Licensed Family Child Care Group Homes- Individuals who care for 6-12 children in their homes –including related children.
  • Licensed Child Care Centers- Private and public programs, which care for more than 12 children, must be licensed or approved if a Federal program such as Head Start, State Pre-K or registered if a church affiliated program (church program may choose to be licensed).

CCR&R Funding

South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network receives funding from the South Carolina Department of Social Services, local United Way agencies, and corporate contracts, and local grants/foundations.