There is a growing recognition that legally unregulated home-based child care (HBCC), also referred to as care provided by family, friends, and neighbors (FFN), is the most common type of child care in the US. While families from all socioeconomic, racial, and cultural backgrounds are likely to rely on FFN care at some point, it is especially common among immigrant, refugee, and dual language learner (DLL) families as well as families with low incomes, families with parents working nontraditional schedules, families living in rural areas, families with children with disabilities and special needs, and families with infants and toddlers . The documented decrease in the number of regulated HBCC programs shows that families of infants and toddlers are likely relying more and more on unregulated FFN care.
Join us as Katie Kenyon presents findings from the soon-to-be-released brief, State Scan of Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Policies and Supports.
Blog January 31, 2023
BUILD recently interviewed five parent leaders about their experience in parent coalitions. In addition to reminding us of the need to address implicit bias on behalf of all families and children, they provided their thoughts on ways to ensure the coalitions fulfill their purpose and best meet the needs of families, and whether there’s room for improvement in the way they function. Here’s what they told us.
Archived Meeting Resources January 31, 2023
States are making significant advancements in their quality improvement systems (QIS) as they look for solutions to widen the aperture and fully embrace a mixed-delivery system that will best serve children, families, and the early care and education workforce. To achieve this, QIS policies need to become more flexible and create different pathways to quality, including a variety of established, high-quality delivery models. In this session participants heard how Montessori programs are working with state leaders from Illinois, Michigan, and Washington to be part of the QIS.
Blog January 18, 2023
Under 3 DC Coalition members Sia Barbara Ferguson Kamara, LaDon Love, and Kim Perry contributed to this blog.