Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers
This paper defines staffed Family Child Care (FCC) networks and examines how they are uniquely positioned to improve the quality of care that infants and toddlers receive in FCC settings.
The child care landscape in the United States continues to evolve, with more emphasis on quality than ever before. Research is providing greater insight into the importance of the quality of care received by infants and toddlers in family child care (FCC) settings, which offer care in the provider’s home. To assist states and communities in their efforts to improve the quality of FCC, this paper will focus on a particular strategy that research shows to have promise—the development of staffed FCC networks.