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Child Care Resources for Parents

Choosing Child Care

Choosing child care can be a challenge. Check out this short video for a few tips and considerations.

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Additional Resources for Parents

Child Care Resource and Referral Centers are free child care location and counseling services serving communities across the state. Parents can receive information regarding the components of "quality" care and what to look for when choosing quality care.

DHS licenses 4 types of child care facilities: Child Care CentersFamily Child Care HomesGroup Child Care Homes and Drop-In Centers. To learn more about each, visit our Types of Regulated Child Care page by clicking here.

DHS has 2 web-based tools to help find licensed child care agencies in the state, which can be found on the Find Child Care page. These listings include the agency's location, hours of operation, compliance history, and other useful information to assist in your search for child care.

Learn more about quality child care by visiting our Star Quality Program website.

The following documents may also be helpful to you:

Parent's guide to choosing quality care

Parent's handy workbook for choosing quality care


More Helpful Information

Safe Sleep

Babies should sleep Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Click here to learn more about safe sleep practices.

Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)

Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) is a program of checkups and health care services for children, teens and young adults up to age 21. EPSDT checkups are provided by all county health departments in the state. These services make sure that babies, children, teens and young adults receive the health care they need and include a physical exam, lab tests (if needed), immunizations or shots, and vision and hearing screening.  Children, teens and young adults up to age 21 enrolled in TennCare and children, teens and young adults up to age 21 who are uninsured are eligible for these screenings.

More information on scheduling screenings and screening locations are available at:

Kidcentral tn

TennCare Kids


The Benefits of Developmental Monitoring and Screening for Young Children EnglishSpanishSomaliArabic

Consumer Education Statement

Resources and Services Quick Reference


Report Licensing Violations or Illegal Operations

To report suspected licensing violations or possible illegal child care operations, call the Child Care Complaint Hotline at 1-800-462-8261. You can also e-mail your information to