Family, Friend & Neighbor Care

Caring for the children of family, friends or neighbors is incredibly important work. To help you provide the best care possible for the children and families you serve, ZERO TO THREE developed the following resources to support you in this work.

When you care for the children of family, friends or neighbors, you are providing support that is so critical to helping both children and families thrive. Parents have likely asked you to care for their child because they trust you and because you may share similar beliefs, values and traditions that they feel are important for their child to experience while in child care.

To help you provide the best care possible for the children and families you serve, with generous support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ZERO TO THREE held focus groups around the country with family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers to learn about the kinds of resources that would be most useful in your work. Feedback from these groups served as the foundation for this special section of our web site that includes resources designed specifically to meet your needs.

Supporting Early Brain Development

Resources on supporting early brain development from birth to 36 months.

Tuning Into Temperament

This set of downloadable resources on temperament were designed specifically for family, friend, and neighbor child care providers.

Encouraging School Readiness Skills

Explore how you can encourage the development of school readiness skills from birth to 36 Months.

Thinking About Healthy Eating From Birth to 3

Making Good Decisions About Screen Time

Discover how to make good decisions about television for the under 3 Crowd.

Discipline and Limit-Setting: Building Self-Control

Resources on discipline and limit-setting from birth to 36 months.

Caregiver-Child Activities

Activities that promote bonding and learning.

Building Strong Relationships With Parents

Tools to help you build strong relationships with parents.

  • Tool

    Caregiver-Parent Communication Tools

    This worksheet helps caregivers and parents begin communicating about the child, the parent's hopes and expectations, and development goals and milestones.

  • Article

    How to Communicate with Parents

    As a child care provider, you soon discover that developing positive relationships with parents is critical to providing the best care possible to their children. Here are 3 key steps to follow when…