Caring for Our Children (CFOC)

Chapter 9: Administration

9.4 Records

9.4.1 Facility Records/Reports Community Resource Information

The facility should obtain or have access to a community resource file that is updated at least annually. This resource file should be made available to parents/guardians as needed. For families who do not speak English, community resource information should be provided in the parents’/guardians’ native language or through the use of interpreters (1).
Posting resources in a public place is a service to the community.
In many communities, community agencies (such as resource and referral agencies) offer community resource files and may be able to supply updated information or service directories to local caregivers/teachers. Even small family child care home caregivers/teachers will be able to maintain a list of telephone numbers of human services, such as that published in the telephone directory. If a resource file is maintained, it must be updated regularly and should be used by a caregiver/teacher knowledgeable about health and the community (i.e., Health Advocate).

Local resource and referral agencies, mental health services, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), Child Find, Legal Aid, specialty clinics serving the developmentally disabled, poison centers, social services, community health centers, hospitals, private physicians, state child health insurance programs (SCHIP), medical homes, food banks and pantries, energy/housing assistance, churches, child care payment assistance, public health nurses, Head Start, the American Red Cross, public schools, early intervention programs, and county extension services, faith-based organizations, local government agencies are examples of potential resources.

For locating community resources, see the Maternal and Child Health Library Community Services Locator at American Academy of Pediatrics’ State Chapter Child Care Contacts are available at

Center, Early Head Start, Head Start, Large Family Child Care Home, Small Family Child Care Home
RELATED STANDARDS Support Services for Parents/Guardians Resources for Parents/Guardians of Children with Special Health Care Needs
  1. Gonzalez-Mena, J. 2007. 50 early childhood strategies for working and communicating with diverse families. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.