How Do I Find a Child Care Provider? | Agenda for Children

How to Find a Child Care Provider

As a Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agency in the State of Louisiana, we provide families and caregivers referrals to child care options.

Agenda maintains a database of child care providers, including child care centers, family child care homes, parents’ day out programs and summer camps, that we use to locate child care that will meet your family’s needs.

Thanks to funding provided by the Louisiana Department of Education, our services are available, free of charge, to all families living in Southeast Louisiana ( Assumption, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany,  Terrebonne and Washington parishes).

Search the Online Child Care Database

You can search for child care using Agenda for Children’s online database.

The names of programs you receive are generated by a computer in an impartial manner. They are not recommendations, and we cannot guarantee the quality of any program in our database. We strongly encourage you to interview and research the providers thoroughly before placing your child in a particular program.

How to Find Quality Care Guide

Call Agenda for Children

Call our offices at (504) 586-8509 or 1-800-486-1712. Our referral specialists will ask you some basic information about your family and preferences, and will provide a list of referrals via email, regular mail or fax.

Tips for How to Find Child Care

The first step to finding a child care center or school for your child is to research your options. Ask yourself some basic questions to get started:

  • Do you want your child to attend school close to home, work, or another relative?
  • How much can you afford to pay for child care?
  • What hours of the day do you require child care?
  • What kind of setting or environment would you prefer for your child?
  • Would you prefer a small center, a large center, a school, a family-operated center, etc.?
  • Does your child or family require special accommodations, such as special needs services, accessibility, or language supports?

Once you have determined your family’s basic needs when seeking child care, visit Agenda for Children’s referral database or the Louisiana Department of Education’s School Finder to begin researching online, or call Agenda for Children.

Agenda for Children’s Referral Database

LDOE School Finder


In 2020, we passed zoning changes through the New Orleans municipal government which simplify and expedite zoning regulations for child care providers, making it easier for providers to expand their operations and increase capacity to serve families in need.

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