Family, Friend and Neighbor Care

Strengthening a Critical Resource to Help Young Children Succeed

Posted February 15, 2006
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Rockefeller Foundation
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This KIDS COUNT Data Book essay explores a common type of child care known as family, friend and neighbor care. It shares real-world initiatives and expert advice aimed at strengthening this child-care option, a type of home-based child care. It also makes a clear case for why family, friend and neighbor care is vital to helping millions of children, including America’s most vulnerable, begin school ready to learn and succeed.

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The quest to give at-risk children a fair start in school starts long before their first day in class

Too many poor kids start school academically behind and without the developmental skills and competencies that all kids need to succeed. One way to counter this deficit? Connect these children with high-quality child care from the get-go. That includes family, friend and neighbor care.