Child Care

Looking for Child Care?
Call Child Care Resource and Referral

CCR&R can assist you with finding child care in Craven County. Parents can also receive parent information packets that include questions to ask when looking at a child care facility and other important information.

Please call the Parent Provider Specialist at:(252) 672-5921

You may now also get online referrals!

This is a service offered through Craven Smart Start Child Care Resource and Referral.
You simply click on the link, register, enter all the relevant information, and you will be provided with a list of providers that will best meet your needs.

Do you need help evaluating potential childcare options?

Then this printable brochure can help. Especially if you’re looking for the one thing that matters most in child care – QUALITY. It provides parents with five helpful steps to choosing quality child care. It also includes a checklist to use when choosing a child care home or center.

In a quality child care environment, caregivers respond positively to differences in children’s abilities, interests and experiences. This brochure provides parents with important factors to consider when choosing quality child care for a child with special needs.

If you would like to talk with our Parent Provider Specialist further about figuring out the best childcare options for you, please call (252) 672-5921.

Other Tools and Resources

The decision to stay at home or return to work is not an easy one. This pamphlet provides families with useful tools that assist in the child care decision making process. The information, resources, and budgeting worksheet will aid families in making an informed decision about the best child care option for their family at this time.

Are you a family looking for child care for the first time? Your child care search can be an unfamiliar experience that raises many questions. If you’re wondering about what you need to know about hours of care, what age group your child will be in, or who regulates child care, this is the publication can help. We will introduce you to many common child care terms and topics. This publication will start at the beginning and help you become familiar with child care.

Check out this list of childcare resources for families!


  • Craven Smart Start, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that administers Smart Start funds and programs in Craven County. Smart Start is designed to ensure that young children enter school healthy and ready to succeed. Donations are tax deductible. Financial information about this organization and copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.