Addressing the Decreasing Number of Family Child Care Providers in the United States

This brief examines the reasons for the sharp decline in the number of Family Child Care (FCC) homes between 2011 and 2017. This decrease is a concern as FCC is an important source of care, especially for infants and toddlers, families in rural and other underserved areas, and those needing non-traditional hours care. It identifies actions that states and territories can take to ensure that FCC remains a strong component of the child care system. Strategies include adopting a supportive subsidy plan, providing a FCC network or shared services alliance, and increasing support through professional development, peer support, and quality improvement. 

Related Topics
Subsidy, Eligibility, and Equal Access
Subsidy and subsidy eligibility
Affordability and availability
Systems Building
Administration for Children & Families (ACF)
National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance
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Issue brief
35 pages
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