Consumer and Provider Education Information
According to the CCDBG Act, one of the purposes of the child care program is “to promote involvement by parents and family members in the development of their children in child care settings.” One of the ways in which Lead Agencies can promote involvement is through dissemination of consumer education information. In addition, consumer education provides information about child care services and assists parents in making informed choices.
Lead Agencies may disseminate consumer education information directly or through a child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency. (Refer to Define CCDF Leadership and Coordination with Relevant Systems for additional information about CCR&R.) Lead Agencies can also partner with other organizations, such as TANF agencies, Head Start programs, schools, and religious organizations to ensure that parents have access to consumer education information.