Safe Healthy Families
Alert ID uses online technology to create instant, two-way communications between citizens and federal, state, and local authorities to provide immediate information on crime, terrorism or natural disasters that can threaten the safety of your family and community. Parents can upload their child’s important information (password protected) to have it readily available for law enforcement if anything should happen to their child.
State of Nevada Division of Child and Family Services – Child Protective Services Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect should make a report to Child Protective Services. Call 1-800-992-5757 anywhere in Nevada to make a report. Callers might be referred to their county Social Services department. All child care providers licensed and unlicensed are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse and neglect.
Washoe County Department of Social Services
Social Services includes Child Care Licensing, Foster Care, Adoption, Child Protective Services, Adult Protective Services, Independent Living, and other programs designed to provide support or relief for those who cannot care for themselves and do not have relatives or guardians to care for them.
Health & Assistance Services
From basic needs to any health and human service program, Nevada 211 is a comprehensive resource website. You can also call 2-1-1 (in Nevada) for assistance with:
- Physical and mental health resources
- Financial stability
- Programs for children, youth, and families
- Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities
- Volunteer opportunities and donations
- Support for community crisis or disaster recovery
Nevada Check Up
Nevada Check Up provides low-cost, comprehensive health care coverage to low income, uninsured children (birth through 18) who are not covered by private insurance or Medicaid.
State of Nevada Welfare Division
The mission of the Division of Welfare and Supportive Services (DWSS) is to provide quality, timely, and temporary services that enable Nevada families, the disabled, and the elderly to achieve their highest levels of self-sufficiency. Units include:
- Child Care and Development
- Child Support Enforcement
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Employment and Support Services, and
- Energy Assistance Program
Washoe County Community and Clinical Health Services
Washoe County Community and Clinical Health Services offer multiple services that focus on disease prevention, community and individual education, and wellness.
Parenting, Child Development & Education
Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware for Parents has a number of publications and resources on parenting and finding quality child care. Parents can sign up to receive “The Daily Parent,” an electronic newsletter. Child Care Aware also has quality care information for current providers and for those considering becoming a child care provider.
HealthyChildren.org is the parent website of the American Academy of Pediatrics. This site contains parent information on ages and stages, health and safety, and much more.
PBS Parents has activities, parenting advice, child development information, and food and fitness information all in one place.
Nevada’s Public Libraries are in every county and in almost every town. This webpage provides a listing of all public libraries by city with contact information for each branch.
Nevada’s Public School Districts are based on a county system. Visit this Department of Education webpage for links to every school district in the State of Nevada.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three is a national non-profit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policy makers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. This site contains information on developmental milestones and brain development, including a brain development map that reveals the secrets of how early care enriches development.
Nevada Job Connect
Nevada Job Connect is a statewide network that connects businesses with employees in one system. Nevada Job Connect is a service of Nevada’s Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation.
Reno Gazette-Journal CareerBuilder lists job openings in Reno and also features job openings from career sites nationwide.
RenoHelpWanted.com is a place where employers post job openings and job seekers search for openings and apply online. This employment website is specific to the western Nevada region.
Ask for Kids
Ask for Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It’s a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that’s safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Encyclopedia Britannica Online takes up less space than the traditional 25-volume set of yore. Additionally, the information is kept up-to-date. A great resource for any student or lifelong learner.
National Runaway Switchboard is a website designed to keep America’s Runaway and At-Risk Youth safe and off the streets. The site contains information for youth, parents, and educators.
Support for Child Care Providers
Child Care Licensing in Nevada
Washoe County Child Care Services is responsible for regulating and monitoring child care within Washoe County, except for Nevada System of Higher Education facilities, which are licensed by the State of Nevada Bureau of Services for Child Care (see below). In Washoe County, individuals caring for more than one unrelated child must be licensed. Individuals interested in providing licensed child care in their home or opening a licensed child care center in Washoe County should contact the Child Care Licensing Unit at 775-337-4470, or by e-mail at ChildCare@washoecounty.us.
Licensing applications and requirements are available on the Washoe County website.
State of Nevada Bureau of Services for Child Care
Outside of Washoe County, the Bureau has the responsibility for initial licensing and monitoring for those caring for five or more unrelated children. Facilities include child care centers, on-site centers, care for ill children, special needs centers, pre-schools, nurseries for infants and toddlers, accommodation facilities, family care homes, group care homes, institutions and outdoor youth programs. These functions are statewide and jurisdiction includes all rural counties, the incorporated areas of Clark County and designated federal, state and county operated programs for children. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background checks are required for all child care providers and facility residents 18 years of age and older. Licenses are renewed on an annual basis with a minimum of two unannounced surveys conducted during the annual licensing period.
Washoe County Social Services – Child Care and Early Childhood Services
Washoe County Social Services – Child Care and Early Childhood Services is responsible for regulating and monitoring child care within Washoe County, except for Nevada System of Higher Education facilities, which are licensed by the State of Nevada Bureau of Services for Child Care (see above). In Washoe County, individuals caring for more than one unrelated child must be licensed.
Office of Early Care and Education
The Office of Early Care and Education assists child care centers and family home providers with the process of accreditation. The Office of Early Care and Education can also assist with the cost for accreditation materials and fees.
Child Care Resources
Department of Health and Human Services
The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services promotes the health and well-being of Nevadans and visitors through the delivery and facilitation of essential services. Their goal is to strengthen families, protect public health, and assist individuals in achieving the highest level of self-sufficiency.
ACCESS Nevada (Nevada Department of Health and Human Services – Department of Welfare and Supportive Services) is an Online Application system for residents in Nevada to apply for SNAP (Formerly Food Assistance or Food Stamps), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or Medical Assistance programs.
State of Nevada Department of Education
The vision of the Nevada Department of Education is Success through Learning.
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services – Nevada State Health Division
The Nevada State Health Division protects, promotes, and improves the health of all people in Nevada.
Additional Provider Resources & Support
Child Care Aware
Child Care Aware for Providers contains useful tools for those interested in becoming a child care provider.
Healthy Child Care Nevada
Healthy Child Care Nevada’s Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs) are professionals trained to work directly with early childhood providers. They offer consulting services and community resource information and referral. The Healthy Child Care Nevada website is designed to help both professionals and families improve their response to the health and safety needs of children in their care.
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.
Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children
The Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) is the state affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
National Association for Family Child Care
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.
National Early Childhood Program Accreditation
The National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) is a non-profit organization that was created to encourage the availability of high quality early education programs for America’s families.
National Accreditation Commission
National Accreditation Commission (NAC) identifies quality standards for the care and education of young children, promotes professionalism and program quality and is managed by the National Association of Child Care professional (NACCP), the organization that believes effective management is the critical link to superior child care.
National AfterSchool Association
The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) represents the voice of the afterschool field in the areas of professional development, program quality, public policy and current issues affecting children and youth in their out of school time.
Nevada Afterschool Network
The Nevada Afterschool Network (NAN) is the state affiliate of NAA. NAN aims to bring together policymakers, educators, childcare providers, youth development workers, program developers, advocates, parents and others interested in improving outcomes for children and youth through school-linked out-of-school time programs.
The Nevada Registry
The Nevada Registry is Nevada’s system of career development and recognition created to acknowledge the dedicated professionals educating Nevada’s youngest children. The Nevada Registry serves as a clearinghouse of information by offering Career Ladder placement, an online calendar of training, community resources/information, a statewide job board, professional development planning, a Trainer Directory and more. The Nevada Registry is also responsible for the approval of all informal (not-for-college credit) training in the state of Nevada.
T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Nevada
T.E.A.C.H Early Childhood® Nevada provides college scholarships for Home Care Providers, Center Teachers and Aides, Center Directors, and early childhood facility owners working in a licensed facility at least 30 hours a week.
Child and Adult Care Food Program
USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program plays a vital role in improving the quality of child care and making it more affordable for many low-income families. Each day, 2.6 million children receive nutritious meals and snacks through CACFP. Children age 12 and younger are eligible to receive up to two meals and one snack, each day, at a day care home or center, through CACFP.
Child Care Centers
For more information, visit Nevada’s CACFP program website.
Licensed Family Child Care and Registered Family, Friend & Neighbor Child Care Providers (child care providers who are actively registered on the Subsidy program through The Children’s Cabinet). For more information, please visit the Food for Kids website.
Zero to Three
Zero to Three provides science-based information and tools designed to help parents and caregivers nurture their young children’s development. This site contains information on developmental milestones and brain development, including a brain development map that reveals the secrets of how early care enriches development.
Community & Agency Support
Office of Child Care
Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Office of Child Care supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after school programs.
Children’s Cabinet Stitchers
The Children’s Cabinet Stitchers are a volunteer group that makes quilts, afghans, shirts, hats, and dolls to be distributed by The Children’s Cabinet to needy children in our area and outlying areas.
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) is the national membership organization of our Child Care Resource and Referral Department. NACCRRA leads projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families.
Nevada’s Early Childhood Advisory Council
Nevada’s Early Childhood Advisory Council (ECAC) strengthens state-level coordination and collaboration among the various sectors and settings of early childhood programs. The council was signed by an executive order issued by Governor Gibbons in September 2009. The order empowers the Director’s Office of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to establish and maintain the ECAC. The Council adopted the following vision shortly after its inception:
Nevada’s children will be safe, healthy, and thriving during the first eight years of life, and the system will support children and families in achieving their full potential.