Child Care Home
In Family Child Care Homes, providers care for small groups of children in a residential building. Depending on the regulations within your state, this may or may not be the same home that the provider lives in.
This type of care is known by many different names, including Family Child Care Home, Licensed Child Care Home, Licensed. Our Family Child Care Home, Legally or License-Exempt, Home, Certified Child Care Home, Registered Child Care Home or Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) Care. , depending on where you live and the regulations in your state.
Family Child Care Homes may also be classified as a Large or Small Family Home, depending on the maximum number of children in care.
Home-based or Family Child Care providers may or may not be required to follow a set of minimum health and safety requirements (be regulated) by the state, county or city where care takes place. This often depends on the number of unrelated children that a provider cares for. Some states require Family Child Care Homes to be licensed if they care for more than one unrelated child. Some states don’t require any regulations until the provider is caring for five-six or more unrelated children. Regulated Family Child Care Homes may be called licensed, registered or certified depending on the rules within your state.Legally or license-exempt home child care providers are often also called Family, Friend and Neighbor Care or informal child care. This type of provider is not regulated.Regulation does not ensure child care quality; however, it does set minimum health and safety standards and ensures that programs are regularly monitored for compliance with the regulations.