Although there is a shortage of licensed child care in North County, several services make the search easier. Here are some of the groups offering referrals:
CHILDCARE RESOURCE SERVICE
Parents who call the service are given the names of five licensed day-care providers. If those don't work out, five more names are supplied until an appropriate placement is found. The service has lists of special needs child-care providers and of agencies providing in-home service.
In April, the service handled 1,902 referrals for 2,394 children, said program director Paula Leard. Free to parents.
FAMILY DAY CARE ASSN.
Offers referrals to parents who want to place their children in licensed in-home settings, according to North County Area Coordinator Cheron Yusko.