Places for All Babies: Home-Based Child Care is an Essential Part of the Solution

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For many families in the United States, there are very few authentic child care options that meet child and family needs, are affordable and are local.

Home-based child care is often the first choice of families with infants and toddlers. Family child care (FCC) and family friend and neighbor (FFN) providers frequently offer families cultural or language continuity, non-traditional work hours, or the convenience of being located within their immediate community.

ZERO TO THREE’s new policy brief highlights the value of increasing and strengthening both of these child care options. We also include examples of state strategies and recommendations that policymakers can explore in building a truly robust mixed delivery system that embraces both FCC and FFN as essential components in an array of high quality options for all families of infants and toddlers.