All children deserve quality care, but finding and providing quality care can often be a challenge. The Office of Child Care and services like Child Care Aware are committed to helping parents and providers overcome common hurdles.
Information about specific providers is available from your local child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agency. This agency provides information to the public about how to find child care that meets local regulations and requirements. Providers can ask to be added to the CCR&R directory of providers so that parents who call the agency can receive information about their services. Child Care Aware offers a Child Care Finder tool that provides contact information for all State and local CCR&R agencies at http://childcareaware.org/parents-and-guardians/childcarefinder#section=searchbyzip.
Complaints against child care providers can be filed by contacting the state child care licensing agency. The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations contains direct website links to state child care licensing regulations documents and licensing agency contact information. Users can access, download, and search state child care licensing regulations that apply to child care centers, family child care homes, and other licensed child care programs. The National Database of Child Care Licensing Regulations is available at https://childcareta.acf.hhs.gov/licensing.
The Resource Guide: Child Care Information for Families document provides information for families and others seeking child care, including answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, about child care.
In-home care (in the child’s home) is often provided by a nanny. A useful organization for information about nannies, including employing nannies, is the International Nanny Association (INA). The INA is a nonprofit, educational association for nannies and those who educate, place, employ, and support professional in-home child care providers. For more information, call INA at 888-878-1477 or 713-526-2670 or visit the Web at http://www.nanny.org/index.php.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides information about tax obligations for individuals and businesses. The following two IRS tax topics provide information about household employees and independent contractors.
Topic 756 – Employment Taxes for Household Employees provides information about employer tax obligations regarding household employees, including housekeepers, maids, babysitters, gardeners, and others who work in or around a private residence as employees. It is available at http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc756.html.
Topic 762 – Independent Contractor vs. Employee provides information about how to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor or an employee under common law. It is available at http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc762.html.
In addition, the Household Employer Tax Guide provides detailed information about tax regulations, credits, and applicable forms. This is available at http://www.irs.gov/publications/p926/ar02.html#en_US_publink100086722. Information about how to contact a local office of the IRS is available at http://www.irs.gov/localcontacts/index.html. For more information, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 or visit the Web at http://www.irs.gov/