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Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) is a free and confidential service for families. The ELC of Duval’s trained staff helps you find quality child care and early learning programs and connects you with other community resources such as food, medical care, workforce support, housing assistance, financial assistance programs, and more.

Contact & Hours of Operation

Contact Us: 904-208-2044

Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday
8:00 a.m. to noon (closed to the public)

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Find Child Care


The Department of Children and Families (DCF) maintains a database of child care and early learning providers. Click here to find a provider.

Identify Quality Child Care


Choosing a child care program for your child is one the most important decisions you’ll ever make. There are more than 400 programs in Duval County. How do you begin to identify quality child care?

Step
1

Identify What Is Important To Your Family

Factors families should consider

  • Location
  • Hours of operation
  • Facility Type
  • Availability of Transportation
  • Health and Safety Record
  • Size of class
Step
2

Do Your Research

Contact CCR&R and discuss what's important to you. The CCR&R specialist can provide you with a list of providers that meet your family's requirements.

  • Visit at least 3 providers
  • Observe and talk with the teachers who should be caring, qualified, and well-organized
  • Stay for at least 30 minutes, walk around, and look at the whole program
  • Ask for references
Step
3

Reach For The Stars

The Guiding Stars of Duval (GSOD) is a tool for families to identify quality of early learning and child care programs and help guide decision-making. Providers that participate in the GSOD program commit to not only meeting the basic requirements for licensing set by the State of Florida, but they also agree to hold themselves accountable to higher standards.

Programs are measured on important indicators and standards such as teacher education and training, teacher-child interactions, child screenings, and curriculum. Ratings range from one (1) star to five (5) stars.

Click here for a list of current GSOD providers.

Meets a few of the quality standards
Meets some of the quality standards
Consistently good quality
Consistently high quality
Consistently exemplary quality

2021-2022 GSOD Providers

Step
4

Choose Wisely

The right early learning program helps your child learn new skills and develop socially. Look for positive and caring relationships between teachers and children.

Visit the CC&R "Resources & Tutorials" section at the bottom of this page for quality checklists to assist you.

Types of Early Learning & Care Available


School Readiness Program

Provides financial assistance to eligible families to offset the expense of child care by paying a reduced parent fee.


Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program

Is a free prekindergarten program for 4- and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida. Participating children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year. Families can enroll their child in Florida’s education program that year or wait until the following year when their child is five.


Early Head Start

Programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings including centers, family child care, and children’s own home. Head Start programs engage parents and key family members in positive relationships, with focus on family wellbeing.


Success by Six

Is a program funded by the United Way. It’s an initiative that offers two-year scholarships to families who do not qualify for state subsidies, providing their children with access to high-quality early learning.

Community Resources

Below are just a few community resources. For additional resources, click here.

Child Care Assistance
& Support
Early Learning Coalition of Duval
904-208-2044

Early Steps – NE Florida
904-427-7600

Episcopal Children’s Services
904-726-1500
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Dental CareFL Health Dept.  Children’s Dental Care
904-253-1230
Click Here
Department of Children & FamiliesEconomic Self-Sufficiency
850-300-4323

Temporary Cash Assistance
850-300-4323
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Directories of Local ResourcesMy Florida My Family
850-300-4323

United Way 211
211
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Family Planning Clinical ServicesFL Health Dept. Family Planning
904-253-1130
Click Here
Food PantriesFeeding NE Florida

Catholic Charities Food Pantry
904-253-1130
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Food Assistance ProgramsSupplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
850-300-4323

WIC Program
904-253-1500

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Home Visiting ProgramsFlorida Maternal Infant & Early Childhood Home Visiting
904-253-1130
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Homeless Shelters & ResourcesCity Rescue Mission
904-421-5161

Clara White Mission
904-354-4162

DCF – Office of Homelessness
850-922-4691

Sulzbacher Center
904-359-0457

Trinity Rescue Mission
904-355-1205
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Mental Health ServicesCity of Jacksonville Mental Health Services
904-358-2411

Jacksonville Behavioral Health LLC
800-233-3596

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Northeast Florida Community Action AgencyBenefits.gov – Florida Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
904-362-8052

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
904-362-8052

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Types of Early Learning & Care Available

School Readiness Program

Provides financial assistance to eligible families to offset the expense of child care by paying a reduced parent fee.

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program

Is a free prekindergarten program for 4- and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida. Participating children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year. Families can enroll their child in Florida’s education program that year or wait until the following year when their child is five.

Early Head Start/Head Start

Programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings including centers, family child care, and children’s own home. Head Start programs engage parents and key family members in positive relationships, with focus on family wellbeing.

Success by Six

Is a program funded by the United Way. It’s an initiative that offers two-year scholarships to families who do not qualify for state subsidies, providing their children with access to high-quality early learning.

School Readiness Program

Provides financial assistance to eligible families to offset the expense of child care by paying a reduced parent fee.

Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Program

Is a free prekindergarten program for 4- and 5-year-olds who reside in Florida. Participating children must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year. Families can enroll their child in Florida’s education program that year or wait until the following year when their child is five.

Early Head Start

Programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings including centers, family child care, and children’s own home. Head Start programs engage parents and key family members in positive relationships, with focus on family wellbeing.

Success by Six

Is a program funded by the United Way. It’s an initiative that offers two-year scholarships to families who do not qualify for state subsidies, providing their children with access to high-quality early learning.

CC&RR Resources & Tutorials

Child Care Centers and Preschool Quality ChecklistClick Here
Family Child Care Home Quality ChecklistClick Here
The Family Guide to Selecting Quality Early Learning ProgramsClick Here

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