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Most communities have education, health, mental health, family support, parenting, child care, and other services that can help children and families. However, locating those services or even knowing which services to look for is often difficult. The Community Services Locator is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs.

Service providers can use the locator with Where to Seek Help: A Bright Futures Referral Tool for Providers (2006) to help build a customized directory of community-based resources. The tool is also available in Spanish. Families can use the locator with the Building Your Care Notebook, a set of forms created by the National Center for Medical Home Implementation to organize and track helpful community-based resources.

For materials and other resources, use the A-Z Resources and Services Index.

Please help us improve the Community Services Locator. Use our feedback form to share additional directories for this locator or to correct or update information about the directories listed below.

Child Care/Early Childhood Education

These tools help to locate child care, early childhood education, and financial assistance for child care.

Child care

Early childhood education

Financial assistance for child care

Education/Special Needs

These tools help to locate developmental assessment and learning services for children at various ages who may have special education needs. See the Parenting section for general education resources for families.

Family Support

These tools help to locate prevention and intervention services for child maltreatment, community violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and sudden and other unexpected infant death, as well as faith-based support services, family support groups, marriage and family therapists, military family support services, and respite care for caregivers or families of individuals with disabilities or other special needs.

Also use the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Search to identify community-based family support organizations.

Child maltreatment prevention and intervention services

Community violence prevention and intervention services

Dating violence prevention and intervention services

Domestic violence prevention and intervention services

Faith-based support services

Family support groups

Marriage and family therapists

Military family support services

Respite care for caregivers or families of individuals with disabilities or other special needs

Sudden and other unexpected infant death prevention and intervention services

Financial Support

These tools help to locate child support enforcement, employment, financial assistance, food, home energy, housing, legal assistance, and other social services.

Health and Wellness

These tools help to locate asthma care; autism spectrum disorder care; children's hospitals; diabetes care; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender services; genetics services; health directories; health insurance; home health care and hospice care; injury prevention; mental health services; nutrition services; oral health/dental care; physical therapy; poison control centers; prescription assistance; primary health care; professional networks; public health; reproductive health services; sleep centers and specialists; speech, language, and hearing services; suicide prevention services; and tobacco, alcohol, and substance use prevention and intervention services.

Recommended Starting Point for Finding Consumer Health Information


Autism Spectrum Disorder

Children's hospitals


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Services

Genetics services

Health directories

Health insurance

Home health care and hospice care

Injury prevention

Mental health services

Nutrition services

Oral health/dental care

Physical therapy

Poison control centers

Prescription assistance

Primary health care

Professional networks

Public health

Reproductive health services

Sleep centers and specialists

Speech, language, and hearing services

Suicide prevention

Tobacco, alcohol, and substance use prevention and intervention services


These tools help to locate general education and child-development resources for families.

Community Services Locator: An Online Directory for Finding Community Services for Children and Families, 3rd ed. (May 2012). (Updated: August 2014).

Authors: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library; Rochelle Mayer, Ed.D., National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
Reviewers: Beth Dworetzky, M.S., Catalyst Center; Shree Mohanty, M.A., M.S., R.D., L.D., Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Region V; Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.