New Hampshire ChildCare Preschool Centers

We provide local listings of preschools and childcare centers in New Hampshire. Continue below to search the list of local childcare centers in New Hampshire. We have also listed the top cities in New Hampshire on the right side of the page.

A Comprehensive Guide for Parents in New Hampshire Seeking Childcare or Preschools

As a parent in New Hampshire, finding the right childcare or preschool for your little one can be an overwhelming task. In this guide, we will explore various options, including state-subsidized programs, and provide a detailed process on how to access them.

Childcare and Preschool Options in New Hampshire

Before we delve into subsidized options, here are the different types of childcare and preschool settings available in New Hampshire:

Group Child Care Centers:

These are licensed facilities that cater to a larger group of children at various ages. Facilities are typically equipped with various learning resources and playgrounds.

Family Day Care Homes:

This type of child care is carried out in a home setting for a smaller number of children. Provider-to-child ratio is smaller thus allowing more one-on-one attention.

In-Home Care:

Also known as a nanny or au pair, this implies hiring a carer who provides child care within your home.


Preschool programs are typically curriculum-based and provide an early education setting for children aged 3 to 5.

State-Subsidized Child Care Options in New Hampshire

The state of New Hampshire offers financial assistance for eligible families through the Child Care Scholarship program (also known as NH Child Care Assistance). The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) administers this program.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Child Care Scholarship, parents or guardians must:
  • Live in New Hampshire
  • Be working, attending school, or enrolled in a job training program
  • Meet income guidelines - for example, as of 2021, a family of 4 must earn less than $51,720 per year
  • Pay a portion of the child care cost (sliding scale co-payment)

How to Apply:

To apply for the Child Care Scholarship, you will need to complete an application form that can be obtained from any district office, or online at the Department of Health and Human Services website. You may also call the DHHS Application Line at 1-800-852-3345, extension 9700, for additional information.

Choosing the Right Childcare or Preschool

When choosing the right childcare or preschool, consider the following:

Quality Rating:

Check out the NH Quality Rating System (QRIS) which rates the quality and standards of preschools and childcare providers. The ratings can help you make an informed choice.

Visit the Facility:

Always visit the childcare provider or preschool before making a decision. Assess the environment, the carers, and the programs available. Trust your gut instincts! Remember, choosing the right child care or preschool will not only impact your child's early years but can also play a part in shaping their lifelong learning attitude. Take your time and make a choice that works best for your family.

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