LOCATE: Child Care

Through a partnership with LOCATE: Child Care, a service of the Maryland Family Network, we provide enhanced child care information and referral services to all Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, and full-time postdocs, residents, and doctoral students who are fully funded by a wage or stipend.

Once you’re registered, you’ll get individual counseling to assess your child care needs and then be matched with available services, and receive referrals to registered family child care providers and licensed group programs, as well as follow-up assistance until placement is found. LOCATE also provides materials on specialized child care options and services, federal income tax credits for families, and Maryland state financial assistance programs.

COVID-19 and LOCATE: Child Care

At this time, the enhanced service is prioritizing Covid-19-related school and child care center closure requests made by essential workers. LOCATE is currently providing intake appointments and lists of referrals to care that is open for essential workers, but they are not vacancy checking due to the daily status changes for providers. Parents will need to contact the referred providers on their own to determine if there is an opening for their child(ren). This will continue to evolve as does the pandemic.

State-Funded Child Care for Essential Workers Only

Maryland Family Network’s Summary of State-Funded Child Care for Essential Personnel Only

Essential Personnel Child Care List, as of March 29, 2020

  • EPSA = school age care, 4-12 years old
  • EPCC = child care, ages 6 months – 4 years old

Governor Hogan’s list of designated essential personnel identified in the March 25, 2020 Executive Order.

Services Offered

LOCATE’s database includes all Maryland-registered family child care providers and licensed group programs, such as full-day centers, preschool and Head Start programs, public pre-K programs, private kindergartens, school-age programs, summer programs and camps.

Enhanced information and referral services include:

  • Direct access to information about all registered and licensed child care programs throughout Maryland
  • Confidential, individual counseling and assessment of child care needs to match those needs with available services
  • Referrals to child care providers with immediate vacancies or potential future openings
  • Service for families whose children have cognitive, motor, medical, or social challenges, including behavior
  • Information on choosing the best child care for your situation
  • Materials on specialized child care options and services (nanny and au pair agencies, transportation services, etc.), federal income tax credits for families, and financial assistance programs in Maryland
  • Follow-up assistance until placement is found or all resources are exhausted
How Do I Register?

Complete and submit the LOCATE: Child Care Registration Form. LOCATE Corporate Enhanced Referral Service will contact you as soon as possible. You may also contact LOCATE at 1-800-999-0120, option 2, or LOCATEcorporate@marylandfamilynetwork.org.