Finding Child Care

Finding the right child care is now easier!

Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRC) provide a single point of contact for families, early learning providers and communities to gain information and access services that support high quality child care and early learning programs. By calling our Hotline 1-888-461-KIDS (5437) or visiting an ELRC, ELRC specialists assist families in making informed choices. The ELRC will talk to you about your child care needs and share information with you about high quality early learning programs.

Search for a Child Care Provider Online

For an on-line search or an application, visit

How do I select child care?

By reaching for the STARS. Pennsylvania’s Keystone STARS programs promotes quality in child care and Head Start programs.  Your ELRC can help you understand the importance of finding quality child care providers and what to look for, along with questions to ask when visiting a child care program.  To learn more, contact us or call our Hotline 1-888-461-KIDS (5437).

How do I pay for child care?

The ELRC through the Child Care Works subsidy program helps low-income families pay for their child care fees.  You must complete an application to find out if you are eligible for subsidized child care funding. The program pays a portion to the child care provider and the family pays a co-pay.  If you are not eligible for subsidized child care funding, you may be eligible for other early learning programs such as: PA Pre-K, Head Start, Early Head Start or PHL Pre-K. You can call or visit the closest ELRC or apply on line at To learn more, contact us or call our Hotline 1-888-461-KIDS (5437)

Due to COVID-19:
The Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Region 18 will be closed to the public until further notice.
ELRC Region 18 will continue to work with State and local government as well as community resources to provide services to parents and providers remotely.
Parents and Providers can drop off information Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM for processing at the following locations:
Northeast Philadelphia: 2361-2373 Welsh Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114.
North Philadelphia: 2816 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19133.
West Philadelphia: 5548 Chestnut Street, Second Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19139.
Check the COVID-19 Newsletter for the latest updates.