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Parent Hot Line Free phone referral service. Helps families find the right center, home or other child care or early education option.

If You Need Child Care Call:

216-575-0061 (Local)
1-800-880-0971 (Toll Free)
1-800-750-0750 (TTY)


Click here to do an online search for child care providers Fill out the information on this form and submit to Starting Point. We will get back to you with child care referrals in your area.

Good Child Care Book Offers good information on selecting a quality child care program, checklists to use when visiting child care centers, homes or interviewing in-home caregivers.

Quality Child Care Many child care centers are committed to enhancing the quality of care by meeting the standards of various public and nonprofit agencies. Different programs offer credentials for different levels of quality or types of child care.

Child Care Food Program
Facilities that participate in the federally funded Child Care Food Program meet USDA nutrition requirements for meals and snacks.

Care for Kids, Care for Kids Gold Seal Homes
These credentials go to family child care homes whose caregivers have passed numerous tests of quality care, are trained in child development and age-appropriate activities and undergo evaluation.

NAEYC, NAFCC, NAA Accreditation
Child care facilities with accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) or National After School Association (NAA) Accreditation have complied with quality standards that go above and beyond basic licensing standards.

Step Up to Quality
This is a voluntary quality rating system designed to recognize the efforts of licensed early care and education programs that take incremental steps towards improving quality. For more information click here.

Important! Ohio House Bill 11
This legislation, enacted in May 2005, requires child care providers to tell parents about any death or injury to any child in their care that required a hospital stay of over 24 hours. Parents can view county and state child care inspection reports. click here.

Child Care Information Click on a topic below for information on these important child care issues:

Checklist - Selecting a Child Care Center or Home
Checklist - Selecting an In-Home Caregiver
Child Care Tax Credits
Child Care Subsidies for Working Families
State of Ohio Regulations: Child Care Centers
Family Child Care Homes: Types, Enrollment Limits
Cuyahoga County Invest In Children Program
What You Should Know About Starting Point

Special Needs Child Care
Starting Point has pulled together an impressive array of services for special needs children in child care settings. Call if your child has a disability, health or emotional problems and needs special child care services.