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.

February 14, 2006

KIDS COUNT Data Book Collection

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why poor children are at an academic disadvantage.

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    About family, friend and neighbor care.

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    Why this type of child care is important.

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    What efforts are underway to improve this type of care.

Key Takeaway

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. 

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