Family Child Care is child care that takes place in a provider’s home. This type of care is generally regulated by the state in which the program operates, but such programs may not have to be licensed. These programs may or may not include an educational component. Family child care programs traditionally tended to offer a more family-like environment than center based care programs, but in recent years some family child care programs have tried to mirror the environment of center based programs. The National Association for Family Child Care is the best known national membership organization in the United States for family child care professionals.
Contact us with questions, concerns, and comments about this Early Learning Glossary Entry.