|Tips For Using the Online Search|
Using the Online Referral Service does not require fancy technology or technical knowledge. All you will need, in addition to Internet access, is a working email address. If you don?t have one, three popular free email providers are Yahoo, Hotmail and Care2. Access to a printer is also useful if you would like to print your referrals.
Please review the tips below, and then go to Online Referrals.
6 Steps to Getting Referrals
Before You Begin Your Online Search
Decide when you need care: What hours? Year-round, school-year or summer only?
Choose where you would like the program to be located: Near home? Near work? Near school?
Consider whether you would prefer your child(ren) to be in a family child care home or in a child care center. If you have questions about how to choose, call 4Cs at 650-517-1460. Our counselors can discuss the program types with you.
After Your Search
Call 4Cs at 650-517-1460 with any questions about your referrals or the process of choosing a program. 4Cs does not provide recommendations or reviews on child care providers; we can give you the tools you need to evaluate a program.
Consult our fact sheets on choosing child care, choosing preschool, curriculum models and more!
Contact programs that interest you and arrange a visit so you can observe and ask questions.
Check the provider's references. 4Cs also strongly recommends that you review a potential child care provider's licensing history, which is available at the child care facility.
To obtain more detailed background information on providers, including a history of substantiated complaints and/or regulatory violations, we recommend that you call Community Care Licensing (CCL), where you can speak to an on-duty analyst or make an appointment to view a provider's public file at CCL's San Bruno offices by calling 650-266-8843.
Ready to get started? Go to 4Cs' Online Referrals.