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

  • Metals in Baby Food
    There has been information in the news about metals found in baby food. Here’s what you need to know from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP explores the facts in “Metals in Baby Food”. Although some metals can be harmful to one’s health, recent reports are unclear on the types and amounts of metals found in infant and…
  • ECELS Immunization Webinar - January 16, 2020
    ECELS Webinar - Immunization Strategies for Success in Early Care and Education Programs - January 16, 2020. Registration for this webinar is now closed, however the recording will be posted and available for professional development credit.  Click here for details.
  • 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…
  • Fall Means Cooler Weather - Infant Safe Sleep Reminders
    Now is a good time to remind infant caregivers of safe sleep recommendations and the prohibition of use of blankets.  See the Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations.   11/2019