Supporting Access to High-Quality Family Child Care: A Policy Assessment and Planning Tool for States, Territories, and Tribes

Family child care (FCC) plays a big role in meeting families’ early care and education needs, and is important for states, territories, and tribes topromote access to high-quality FCC options. This tool provides a framework for assessing local, regional, and state policies and practices to ensure they support access to high quality FCC options.

It can assist states, territories, and tribes in:

  • Exploring whether they have the infrastructure needed to pursue FCC quality and supply strategies.
  • Examining policies that various systems can use to promote high-quality FCC, including licensing and monitoring, quality rating and improvement systems, professional development systems, and the child care subsidy system.
  • Reviewing existing efforts to support FC, such as existing FCC networks, hubs, home visiting programs, and partnerships with early learning programs.
  • Assessing whether they have the outreach strategies needed to support a diverse group of FCC providers.
  • Identifying priorities, goals, and next steps, based on findings from earlier portions of the tool.


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Publication Date: 
November 22, 2017
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