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Get Help Finding Child Care

October 09, 1998|KATHLEEN O. RYAN

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies can be the first step in finding the right caregiver for your child. A clearinghouse for licensed child care, these agencies often provide materials, workshops and advice for parents and child care providers alike. They provide information on where to find child care, how much it should cost and what you can expect in a facility.

They even offer subsidy programs for qualifying families. Although Resource and Referral agencies can provide guidelines for interviewing and choosing a child care provider, they do not investigate the providers in their databases. It is up to parents to thoroughly interview and research the provider they choose.

For the agency nearest you, contact:

* Child and Family Services (Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, Silver Lake, Beverly Hills)

(213) 427-2700

* Connections for Children (West Los Angeles)

(310) 452-3202

* Crystal Stairs (Inglewood, Hawthorne, Lawndale, Gardena, Watts)

(310) 299-0199

* Equipoise Endeavor (South Gate, Downey, Compton, Torrance, Lomita, Palos Verdes)

(310) 605-1770

* Mexican-American Opportunity Foundation (Monterey Park, Commerce, Bell, Santa Fe Springs)

(213) 890-9616

* Children's Home Society (Long Beach, San Pedro, Norwalk, Cerritos, Lakewood)

(562) 901-3157

* Options (San Gabriel Valley, Baldwin Park, El Monte, Whittier)

(818) 856-5900

* Child Care Information Service (Pomona)

(909) 629-5011

* Child Care Information Service (Pasadena)

(818) 445-3311

* Child Care Resource Center (San Fernando Valley)

(818) 762-0905

* Child Development Resources of Ventura County

(805) 487-0784

* Children's Home Society (Orange County)

(714) 543-2273

* Coordinated CCR&R Riverside Schools

(909) 788-6626

(800) 442-2927

* San Bernardino County Schools Child Development Services

(909) 387-3116

All others can call Child Care Aware: (800) 424-2246

For nannies or au pairs, call:

* International Nanny Assn: (609) 858-0808

* E.F. Au Pair: (800) 333-6056

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