The purpose of the Nebraska Child Care Referral Network is to enable families to locate licensed child care providers in communities across the state. Providers include both family care and center-based care and are available for children from birth through age 12.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is particularly urgent that medical providers, emergency responders, and other essential personnel be able to quickly and easily locate child care options in their communities. While many child care programs have temporarily closed due to the health risks of the coronavirus, many remain open and have available capacity to accept children. This website can help those who need emergency child care to easily find it.

Child care providers in Nebraska must operate under the terms of public health directives during the COVID-19 pandemic that limit groups to no more than 10 people at one time and to practice social distancing. These steps include maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others, washing hands frequently and right before eating, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces. People are also encouraged to wear cloth face masks when they are unable to stay less than six feet from others

All programs listed on this website have been licensed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services to care for and educate young children and meet safety and quality standards of the State of Nebraska.