FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 11, 2000
Contact: Paul Ladd, (615) 313-4707

DHS LAUNCHES NEW CHILD CARE WEB DIRECTORY TO HELP PARENTS

NASHVILLE—Parents looking for child care can now find information online about providers in Tennessee. Earlier today, First Lady Martha Sundquist joined the Tennessee Department of Human Services in launching a new directory via the state’s official web site (www.TennesseeAnytime.org or www.state.tn.us/humanserv) featuring a user-friendly listing of all licensed and registered child care providers in the state. Parents in all regions of the state or country can access general information, including addresses, hours of operation, type of facility and capacity. The information is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on any computer with Internet access.

"Parents will be able to click on a specific county, and then a zip code, and review basic information on the facilities within that zip code," Human Services Commissioner Natasha Metcalf said. "We want to give parents basic information on licensed and registered providers in order to better assist them in locating and making child care arrangements. This is another step toward that goal and we hope parents will be as excited as we are about this project."

Anyone who needs additional information about providers, such as how long they’ve been in business or how many complaints, if any, have been filed against them should contact their county DHS office or the Child Care Resource and Referral/Complaint Line office. The toll-free, statewide number is 1 (800) 462-8261; in the Nashville area, the number is (615) 313-4820. The Resource and Referral office is open from 7 am to 5 pm Central time, Monday through Friday to help parents without Internet access find and learn more about child care providers.