Finding Child Care/Referrals

Child Action, Inc. offers a free referral service to all parents living and working in Sacramento County, regardless of income. We maintain and regularly update information on each licensed facility’s schedule, rates and program. In addition, state law requires that we remove any facility from our referral list that has been issued a temporary suspension order, license revoked, or been placed on probation. Accessing referrals for childcare is easy! Here’s three ways to get referrals:

  1. Call our office at (916) 369-0191 to speak with a Child Care Specialist during our normal business hours. Child Action, Inc. has specialists available who speak English, Spanish, and Russian fluently who are able to provide you with a listing of providers as well as useful information to consider while selecting care.
  2. Email our office at To help us best meet your needs please enter “Child Care Referrals” in the subject line and let us know your address and/or zip code, age of child(ren), and hours care is needed. You will receive a referral list via your email.
  3. Access our online referral services by clicking on the "Begin Child Care Search".

As a parent, you have the right to get information about any substantiated or inconclusive complaints made on a licensed child care provider. Parents can call Community Care Licensing at 1-844-538-8766 to get information on specific child care centers or family child care homes.

Children with Special Needs Referrals- For information on specialized referrals for children with special needs, please click here.