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DFS Produces Child Care Finder for Parents

posted Oct 23, 2012, 2:37 PM by vfe_dfs_tony.lewis@wyo.gov   [ updated Oct 30, 2012, 1:58 PM ]
Working parents looking for child care in their communities now have a new online resource in Wyoming, provided by the state’s Department of Family Services. The Department’s Early Childhood Division announced this week it has a new searchable database of the State’s licensed child care providers, called the Wyoming Community Child Care Finder. The feature is a part of the Division’s new website, launched two weeks ago. “Access to quality child care is essential for working parents and employers,” according to Jillian Balow, the Department’s Early Childhood Administrator. “Finding a licensed provider ensures that health and safety standards are not compromised.”

Balow explained that her Division also oversees the licensing process for all child care facilities in Wyoming.  She said the more than 800 providers who are licensed receive regular inspections and participate in training related to the safety, nutrition and well-being of children.  “We are interested in assisting families with finding child care that promotes children’s development, is safe and fits the needs of individual families. Connecting parents with local, licensed providers is the way to accomplish this.”

In addition to providing information about licensed child care facilities, it’s anticipated that over the next few months, the merging of the state’s child care licensing database and the new Wyoming Community Child Care Finder will result in a single resource for parents, licensers, and providers.  Balow added, “We are working toward a destination website with information and resources covering all facets of early care and education.”