Child Care Works
We Promote the Availability of Good Quality Child Care Services
Give Your Child Nothing Less Than The Best.
PACE Child Care Works has proudly served our community with assistance in accessing child care, early education, and other positive child development options since 1985. Presently, the program offers a variety of childcare services and resources. Each year, we assist thousands of families throughout Southeastern Massachusetts with childcare vouchers and referrals to other valuable resources. We also offer the Coordinated Family Community Engagement program that connects families with young children to education and support activities, such as yoga, play, and learn story-times, as well as music and movement programs. We also have the ParentChild+ program, which provides families with home visits from trained early learning specialists that support positive parenting practices.
Child Care Works’ main office is located at:
134 South Second Street,
New Bedford, MA 02740
Child Care Resource and Referral & Voucher Management Program
PACE Child Care Works is a full-service child care resource and referral program dedicated to helping families find quality child care. We work with parents, schools, daycare facilities, and local agencies. Our job is to assist families in finding the best child care and early childhood education options for them. We provide parents with child care referrals and information on evaluating quality childcare, plus resources on various parenting subjects. We also offer childcare providers access to valuable training and support services for new or established programs.
In addition, we find ways for parents to pay for child care services including the voucher program.
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (CCR&Rs) receive funding from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) to make it possible for families to have access to high-quality information, resources, and referrals to meet their child care needs. CCR&Rs educate families on the cost, quality, and availability of early education and out-of-school-time care, and provide eligible families with access to subsidized Child Care Vouchers. CCR&Rs employ experienced and highly trained staff who are able to provide services to families in multiple languages.
We provide these services in nearly 40 communities in Southeastern Massachusetts, including New Bedford, Brockton, Fall River, Attleboro, Taunton, and surrounding towns.
To confirm we serve your area, please visit the following site to find a Child Care Resource and Referral agency near you.
We also have satellite offices in some of our other communities:
We also have satellite offices in some of our other communities:
Brockton DTA Office
60 Main St., Brockton,
Fall River DTA Office
1567 N Main St, Fall River,
Taunton DTA Office
21 Spring St., Taunton,
Diapers N' Things
Improving Children's Health One Diaper at a Time
Diapers and other items are available for families to pick up every Tuesday alternating between PACE and CEDC. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
History of Diapers N' Things
The Diapers N’ Things program started as a grassroots effort led by four individual women in the community who joined forces in 2014 to help serve the community with this unmet need. The Diapers N’ Things Program became a part of PACE in 2020, during the pandemic, when the need was exacerbated.
According to National Diaper Bank Network, one in every three American families struggle to afford diapers, this leads to more health risks and increased barriers to accessing daycares and work opportunities for already struggling families. Other studies indicate that families will often reuse soiled diapers in order to maximize their supply, causing more infections and more visits to the doctor’s office (American Academy of Pediatrics).
Today, PACE Diapers N’ Things program serves over 220 families a month between two distribution sites and is entirely supported by the donations received from the community. Distribution alternates weekly between PACE and The Center for Economic Development (CEDC) in the city’s north-end, to ensure that the need is being met in both parts of the city where the needs are the greatest.
The program is supported by PACE Child Care Works, YMCA, Community Economic Development Center, Americorps, and donations from groups and individuals.
Coordinated Family Community Engagement (CFCE)
PACE CFCE Program supports parents as their children's first, best, and most important teachers in the communities of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Berkley, Seekonk, Swansea, Dighton, and Rehoboth. We are a non-profit family support organization that provides FREE comprehensive services. Our programs include weekly playgroups, music & movement activities, early literacy story hours, and ParentChild+ home-based program. We also provide parent education programs, offer the Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire (ASQ) and connect families to resources. Our goal is to support parents as they guide their children to reach their optimum potential. We have many community partners who share the same goal of strengthening our communities. Funding for the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) is provided by the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).
As a response to COVID-19, the CFCE program offers a mix of outdoor and virtual (Zoom) events and activities in addition to prerecorded programs available on our Youtube Channel - Playgroup Pals.
No commitment is required. Pre-registration is encouraged for planning purposes.
If you are interested in learning more or signing up for this service, please contact one of the outreach coordinators listed below:
ParentChild+ is a national, evidence-based, home-visiting program offered to parents and families of preschool students between the ages of 16 months and 4-years-old. This program offers free services by trained early learning specialists that support positive parenting practices. Parents will learn creative ways to read and play with their child(ren), while building a library of quality books and a collection of educational toys.
As a response to COVID-19, weekly sessions are being held virtually with contactless drop-offs of books and educational toys for each session.
In addition, we are offering in person visits for those who are comfortable.
In order to apply for this program, or to ask for more information, please contact the ParentChild+ Program Coordinator, Rosemarie Ricci. No referral is necessary and there is currently no waitlist.
Phone: 508-999-9930 x133
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