Child Care and Early Education

90% of brain development occurs in a child’s first five years. Quality early childhood education and care during this time is proven to help children have the most positive outcomes as they develop the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to succeed.

From financial assistance to help you pay for child care, to programs that will get your child ready for kindergarten and beyond, find the services and programs your family needs.

See What You Qualify For

Child Care and Early EducationPrograms & Services includes information on child care for parents, businesses, providers and community partners. The site includes a Parent Portal that allows you to search for providers based on your location, type of provider, hours of operations, age of child and more. The site also includes Quality Start Ratings  for each provider, so parents know how the provider ranks in categories that determine the quality of their staff, curriculum and more. Child Care Resource and Referrals Specialists can also help you if you need personalized assistance with your child care search.  We will ask you a variety of questions to help locate care that best meets your and your child’s needs. You will then get a list of licensed providers based on the information you provided. We can even answer questions about licensing, financial assistance options, and other community resources at that time.
There is a lot to learn when you have a young child — like how to choose and find safe child care, figure out what financial assistance and support programs may be able to help you, how you can support your child’s growth and development, and more. It can be hard and take a lot of time to find all of this information on your own. pulls together the resources you need where you live — all in one place.


Nevada Early Learning Guidelines
This document was developed so that the adults who are caring for infants and toddlers can have a set of appropriate developmental guidelines that they can refer to for information and resources. The guidelines can be used as a frame of reference for children but it is important to remember that each child develops differently so the age ranges should be used as suggestions. The activities that are recommended can be provided by the caregiver or parent to help support the learning.  Infants and toddlers grow and develop rapidly so it is important to mention that different milestones can occur at different times and stages in a child’s development can change quickly.


Nevada PreK Standards
As a parent, you have the very important role of being your child’s first teacher.  In this role, you are able to work with your child’s teachers in helping your children with reading and writing.  Learning these skills will contribute to your child’s future success in school and beyond. Nevada’s Pre-kindergarten standards are a joint effort supported by the Nevada Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and School Improvement Programs, as well as the State of Nevada, Department of Human Resources, Welfare Division, Child Care Assistance Department and the Child Care and Development Fund. These agencies have been challenged by the Good Start, Grow Smart initiative to work together to develop standards to be used by all early childhood education programs in Nevada as a guide for child outcomes for preschool.


Family Resource Centers
Family Resource Centers (FRCs) provide case management, information, and referrals for individuals and families in need of assistance in accessing services and programs that will strengthen and support the family. FRCs collaborate with other agencies, schools, faith-based organizations, and government agencies to assist families to obtain needed services. FRCs emphasize community based, collaborative services that are culturally competent, accessible, and flexible. There are 18 FRC Service Areas in Nevada. To find an FRC near you visit the Family Resource Center Programs list on the Nevada Division of Health and Human Services website.


Nevada 2-1-1
2-1-1 is a special telephone number to provide information and referrals to health, human and social service organizations. Dialing 2-1-1 in almost every part of the United States will connect you to human and social services for your area. 2-1-1 services include places to find emergency food, housing and emergency shelter locations, children’s services, support for seniors, older persons, and people with disabilities, and mental health and counseling services, among many others. You can also search for resources on the Nevada 2-1-1 website or download the App on your phone.

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