Child Care Referral Services The search for quality child care can be challenging stressful and time-consuming. AccessCare is our free child care referral service. AccessCare will match your needs with appropriate providers, saving you time and giving you peace of mind.

AccessCare helps you find family child care homes, child care centers, preschools, school-age programs, and summer camps. We are the most comprehensive and current source of information on child care providers in our coverage area. Up to 70% of all child care in our region is provided in private homes. Most of these providers do not advertise, but many are listed in our database. We update provider information regularly.

You can receive referrals one of two ways:
  • Online: Conduct a real-time search of our database and instantly receive Delaware referrals!
  • Phone - Call 800-734-2388. You can receive lists of legally operating child care providers in Delaware.

If you are looking for child care outside of Delaware, you can search for the child care resource and referral organization serving your area.

We have also created several tip sheets to help you with your search. Topics include Delaware child care licensing regulations, questions to ask in your search, information on special care situations, and more. Click here for the complete collection.

Participating businesses are eligible for enhanced services through our corporate services programs. If you are not sure if your company offers our enhanced services, contact us.

It is made possible, in part, with grants from Delaware Health and Social Services' Division of Social Services and State of Delaware Grant-In-Aid.


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Delaware Stars promotes high-quality early learning for young children and sets the Stars quality rating that guides families seeking the best program for their child. 

You can find quality early childhood programs by looking for Delaware Stars Programs. 

  • Delaware Stars is a quick guide to early learning programs in the state. 
  • Each star reflects the hard work a program has done to teach and care for children. 
  • Programs can earn up to five stars. There are hundreds of Delaware Stars programs, so it is easy to pick a Stars program close to your home or work. 

  • Click here to browse the Delaware Stars Program.