FF-NBR

Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care Provider
(FF & Nbr)

Family child care providers are professionals who care for children in groups of no more than 6 children at a time when there is only one adult providing child care, and up to 12 children at a time when there are two adults providing care. In addition, many informal arrangements exist with friends, relatives and neighbors taking care of young children. Many children receive care in family child care programs, while many others receive care from informal arrangements. Many children use combinations of care that may involved center-based care, family child care home arrangements and care by neighbors and relatives. The role of any and all of these arrangements in fostering the well-being of children deserves support to ensure that children are protected from harm and helped to reach their potential.

News

  • Influenza (Flu)
    The influenza (flu) virus is common and unpredictable. Plan ahead for this year's flu season.  See ECELS Health Capsule Influenza: Plan Ahead - Flu Season is Here for current information and strategies to support flu vaccination for all staff and children in early care and education programs. 
  • Safe Use of Infant Sitting Devices
    A recent study in Pediatrics, “Infant Deaths in Sitting Devices,” reviewed the safety of infant sitting devices. The study found over 300 sleep-related infant deaths from 2004-2014 happened in car seats, strollers, bouncers, swings, and other infant seats. Most sleep-related infant deaths in sitting devices occurred in car seats. Incorrect use of car seats led to most infant deaths in…
  • STARS Standard L.M.2.5 Supporting Children with Special Needs
    Did you know…ECELS has valuable tools to help you meet the new STARS Standard LM.2.5 Program uses Caring for Our Children to establish policies and practices regarding care plans for children with special needs, asthma, medical needs, food allergies, and medication administration.  1. Use Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. form-field version to adapt a policy for your program. …
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    Sign-up on this website to receive E-Mail Alerts from ECELS about news or key new postings on this website. Please click on the orange button on the home page to access this function. In addition, child care health consultants have an opportunity to request access to a password-protected site where ECELS is posting lesson plans for qualified instructors. To access…