LOCATE: Child Care – a free child care referral service for all families in Maryland


LOCATE offers:

Personalized Assistance by Telephone:


Individual phone counseling helps parents learn about various types of child care programs and provides guidelines for selecting high-quality care. Parents receive contact information for child care services that meet their needs – with information on hours, location, costs and other program information. LOCATE referral specialists are well-informed professionals holding a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in early childhood education or related field. Services are confidential.


Call toll free 1.877.261.0060

Español: 1.800.999.0120

Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m..


Online Search:


As an alternative to individual phone counseling, an online option lets parents searcha the child care database at their convenience. This option does not include all the information provided in one-on-one phone counseling services. The online search is located at www.marylandfamilynetwork.org.


LOCATE: Child Care Maintains:


A database of all programs that meet the State of Maryland regulations for child care:

  • Registered family child care

  • Licensed child care centers and school-aged programs

  • Certified summer camps

  • Nursery schools

  • Head Start programs

 Special counseling and referral services are available for military families, families of

 children with special needs, and Spanish speaking families.

 LOCATE: Child care is a free service provided by Maryland Family Network and funded

 by the Maryland State Department of Education.