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Child Care Resources for Parents

Choosing Child Care

Child Care Resource and Referral Centers are free child care location and counseling services serving communities across the state. Parents receive information regarding the components of "quality" care and what to look for when choosing quality care.

If you need assistance finding licensed care, a web-based listing of all providers in Tennessee can be found by clicking here. This listing also includes the agency’s location, hours of operation and other useful information to assist you in your search for child care.

To learn more about the types of care licensed by DHS, click here.

Learn more about quality child care by visiting our Star Quality Program website.

The following documents may also be helpful to you:

Parent's guide to choosing quality care

Parent's handy workbook for choosing quality care


Additional Helpful Information

Safe Sleep

Babies should sleep Alone, on their Back and in a Crib. Learn more about safe sleep practices here.

Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)

Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) is a program of checkups and health care services for children, teens and young adults up to age 21. EPSDT checkups are provided by all county health departments in the state. These services make sure that babies, children, teens and young adults receive the health care they need and include physical exam, lab tests (if needed), immunizations or shots, and vision and hearing screening.  Children, teens and young adults up to age 21 enrolled in TennCare and children, teens and young adults up to age 21 who are uninsured are eligible for these screenings.

More information on scheduling screenings and screening locations is available at:

Kidcentral tn

TennCare Kids



Report Licensing Violations or Illegal Operations

To report suspected licensing violations or possible illegal child care operations, call the Child Care Complaint Hotline at 1-800-462-8261. You can also e-mail your information to ChildCareServices.DHS@tn.gov.