Contact Child Care Resource & Referral for information about:
• Finding licensed child care providers in your area
• Choosing a quality child care provider or VPK program
• Becoming a child care provider
• Finding out about special needs accommodations
• Community Resources
CCR&R Parent Line: 321-637-1800 ext. 8573
For more information about the Child Care Resource and Referral Network and the Office of Early Learning visit http://www.floridaearlylearning.com
Note to Providers: there are no charges/fees associated with a provider listing in the Resource & Referral database or for referrals to your program. If you are asked to provide a payment for a referral or listing in the Resource & Referral database, please call the Office of Early Learning Resource & Referral Network at 1-866-357-3239. The information reported about a provider’s program is objective program information that is based on standards that are attainable for providers based on their type of care.
Licensed Child Care Center
Children are cared for in a non-residential setting for all or part of the day. The facility is inspected by the Brevard County Child Care Licensing Agency and all personnel are required to complete 40 hours of child care training. To become licensed, the center must meet minimum State standards regarding number of personnel, sanitation, safety, and nutritional practices. License Exempt Child Care Center
Child care providers with a religious or private school affiliation are exempt from licensing requirements but still may care for children in a non-residential, group setting for all or part of the day.
Licensed Family Child Care Home
The requirements for a licensed family child care home are the same as for a registered home and the home is inspected by the Brevard County Child Care Licensing Agency. A Large Family Child Care Home requires 2 caregivers and may care for 12 children.
Care for school-age children is available in some of the above mentioned options for before and after school, as well as school holidays and summers. Many children attend before and after school programs at their local school. For more information on licensing information and to search child care provider licensing reports cares.myflfamilies.com
Florida Directory of Early Childhood Services – A resource for:
- Families with children who have disabilities and / or special health care needs
- Early care and education providers needing information, consultation services and / or technical assistance in serving all children
For information on services for children with special needs call 1-800-218-0001 or visit www.EarlyStepsDirectory.com.
Inclusion Warm Line
Provides information for child care providers regarding children with disabilities and special health care needs. The Early Intervention Administrator can be reached at (321) 482-3445.
Florida Relay Services
Florida Relay is the communication link for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or speech impaired. Through the Florida Relay, people who use specialized equipment can communicate with people who use standard phone equipment.
To call Florida Relay, dial 711 or use the following toll free numbers:
|1-800-955-8771 (TTY)||1-800-955-8770 (Voice)|
|1-800-955-1339 (ASCII)||1-877-955-8260 (VCO-Direct)|
|1-800-955-5334 (STS)||1-877-955-8773 (Spanish)|
Provider / Community Resources
More than 1 million children are victims of child abuse and neglect each year, according to state child protective service agencies. Many victims don’t receive help because they are not reported to the system. These abused and neglected children span all ages, races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. Child maltreatment includes actions that result in imminent risk of serious harm, death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation of a child under age 18 by a parent or caretaker.
When parents can’t, don’t or won’t protect their children, the Department of Children & Families steps in to help, providing a full spectrum of services, from parenting classes and respite care to transportation and child care. The goal of the department is to keep children safe in their own families when possible.
Abuse Registry http://www.myflfamilies.com or call 1-800-96-abuse.
DO YOU NEED HELP FINDING CHILD CARE?
Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a free service available to anyone looking for a quality child care environment to enhance the total development of their children. Call CCR&R for information about:
- Choosing a quality child care or VPK program for your child
- Free child care or VPK provider listings in your area
- How to apply for financial assistance to pay for the cost of child care
- How to find provider inspection reports
- Finding special needs accommodations
- Other community resources
CCR&R services are available in person, by phone or email email@example.com If you would prefer to schedule an appointment please contact the CCR&R Parent line at the number below.
CCR&R Parent Line: 321-637-1800 Ext. 8573
Rockledge Office: 1018 Florida Ave. Suite D Rockledge FL 32955
Melbourne Office: 2671 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Suite 102, Melbourne FL 32935
Do you need help with the cost of child care? Click on the link below to complete a School Readiness application. The school Readiness financial assistance program helps eligible families with the cost of child care. If you have any challenges using the Family Portal, please contact Child Care Resource & Referral at 321-637-1800 Ext. 8573 and a CCR&R Specialist can assist you with questions and other resources your family may need. We look forward to serving you in a more efficient and family-friendly way!
VOLUNTARY PRE KINDERGARTEN
Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Education Program (VPK) is a FREE educational program created to prepare every four-year-old in Florida for kindergarten and build the foundation for their educational success. The VPK program offers each child an opportunity to perform better in school and throughout life by offering quality programs that include developmentally appropriate curricula with a focus on early literacy skills, accountability, manageable class sizes, and increased teacher credentials. For more information call 321-637-1800 ext. 8573.
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FREE ONLINE PARENTING COURSES
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