2018 Strengthening Family Child Care Quality Peer Learning Group

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Family child care (FCC) plays a big role in meeting families’ early care and education needs. It is preferred by parents with nonstandard work hours, parents of infants and toddlers, those living in rural communities, and families seeking caregivers with cultural and linguistic backgrounds similar to their own. The National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance (ECQA Center) offered a peer learning opportunity to support states, territories, and tribes in promoting access to quality FCC.

In 2018, Eight elected state teams (CA, GA, HI, KS, MA, ME, TN, and VA) explored topics related to engaging and supporting FCC providers, shared challenges and solutions with their peers, learned about best practices from national experts, assessed the strengths of their current FCC system using helpful tools, and left with a tailored plan for strengthening FCC in their area.