Identifying the right childcare for your family can be overwhelming. As childcare tends to take up a large portion of a family budget, it is important to review your options. To help you find the childcare that works best for you, begin by assessing your family’s situation.
Consider the following information:
- What is important to you in a childcare setting (educational activities, structure, age grouping, operating hours, etc.)?
- When do you need care and how consistent is your schedule?
- Do you need transportation?
- Do you need back-up care options if an emergency arises?
- What is your budget for childcare?
Once you determine your childcare needs, it is important to research potential providers. To help aide you, the Administration for Children & Families developed Childcare.gov. This resource provides national and state specific resources to help you and your family locate safe, healthy, and affordable childcare programs on the Find Child Care page.
Your Employee Assistance Program is Here to Help
Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help you narrow down your choices from a wide selection of childcare options. Call your EAP and provide them with your location, the ages, and the type of childcare you are seeking, and they will provide you with options that fit your needs. For more information, contact your Component EAP, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.