Looking for child care or school-age care options?
We can provide lots of important info and referrals for legally-operating care, for children from birth through age 12. Call us at 828-695-6565! For those who live or need care outside of Catawba County, please call 1-888-600-1685. ENGLISH SPANISH
Here is a link with answers to questions about popular issues like technology, nannies, tutors, learning pods, and work/family life balance.
Looking for financial aid for child care or school-age care?
Children’s Resource Center can talk to you about options for financial assistance at many locations. You can also contact Catawba County Social Services – Day Care Assistance to get information about eligibility and availability – (828) 695-5600.
Keeping Children Safe
Catawba County Social Services has developed some helpful guidelines in A Guide for Keeping Children Safe. It provides details about the level of supervision that children typically need at different ages. It is also important to make sure that the child care or school-age programs you are considering are operating legally. The Children’s Resource Center can provide more information about accessing appropriate care! To be considered legal care, any program that is operating for over 4 hours/day must be licensed with the Division of Child Development & Early Education (DCDEE) or be collaborating with a local school system.
Thinking of starting a licensed school-age care program? Click here for more info!
What about child care that is provided in someone’s home?
If your provider is caring for more than 2 children who aren’t related and they provide care for more than 4 hours a day, they probably should be licensed. We do have licensed Family Child Care Homes in our county. Call the Children’s Resource Center at 828-695-6565 to learn more!
How can I help my child learn?
Additional Supports for Parents & Caregivers
Check out some of these other available resources:
- Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is available ONLINE, and we also are able to provide
classes via Zoom. Call Kathy Marshall with the Parent Support Team at 828-695-6590 to get connected.
- Check out our Parent Helpbook with all sorts of early childhood resources.
- Do you have a child under the age of 5? Enroll in Imagination Library to get FREE books mailed to your home. Your child will get a free age-appropriate
book in the mail every month until he or she turns 5.
- Our county’s Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center has some awesome resources about child safety. Here is a brochure about Social Media Safety and a link to the CAPC website and their Facebook page.
Health & Safety Resources