Family Child Care Partners
Many of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) grants have been awarded to organizations that partner with family child care programs. Family child care (FCC) settings are unique and may pose challenges for meeting the EHS-CCP grant requirements. The following resources have been collected to support FCC programs and their partners. They may be helpful to those working in an EHS-FCC partnership for the first time.
EHS and FCC Partnerships
Learn more about implementing EHS in FCC settings, as well as tips and tools for building a strong relationship between partners.
- Family Child Care: An Effective Option for Children, Families, and Communities
- Family Child Care: An Effective Option for Children, Families, and Communities Webinar Viewer's Guide
- Implementing Early Head Start in Family Child Care
- EHC FCC Toolkit: Recruiting Family Child Care Providers
- EHS FCC Toolkit: Building on Existing Relationships in EHS-CCP
- EHS FCC Toolkit: Cross-walking Licensing Standards and HSPPS
Materials from the EHS for FCC Demonstration Project:
In 2010, the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care collaborated on a 10-month demonstration project. Its purpose was to design, implement, and evaluate a replicable framework to support partnerships between EHS and FCC providers. The lessons learned and materials created during the project can serve as valuable resources for EHS-CCPs that include FCC partners.
- Building Partnerships between EHS Grantees and FCC Providers: Lessons from the Early Head Start for Family Child Care Project
- Provider Tip Sheets
- Administrator Tip Sheets
- FCC Demonstration Project: EHS-FCC Framework Webinar
Logic Model for Early Head Start and Family Child Care Partnerships
Partners can use these tools and resources for planning EHS-CCP Partnerships. Mathematica created these documents for the EHS for FCC Demonstration Project.
Professional Qualifications and Development
FCC providers who are part of an EHS-CCP grant must meet EHS requirements for professional qualifications and training. Explore the resources below for information that can help FCC providers meet those standards.
- FAQs on New Health and Safety Training Requirements for Child Care Providers in the Child Care & Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDF Reauthorization)
Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential Materials
- CDA Credentialing: A Self-Paced and Candidate Driven Professional Development Process — Overview [PDF, 908KB]
- Steps to Earn Your Family Child Care CDA Credential
- Why CDA?
Family Child Care Program Quality
FCC partners must meet all of the Head Start Program Performance Standards for infant/toddler environments. Explore the characteristics of high quality care in the unique setting of an FCC home. The following resources address standards of quality in FCC settings as well as effective strategies for enhancing quality.
- Staffed Family Child Care Networks: A Strategy to Enhance Quality Care for Infants and Toddlers Policy Brief [PDF, 412KB]
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation At-a-Glance [PDF, 354KB]
- NAFCC Accreditation Brochure [PDF, 451KB]
- State Licensing and Regulations Information [PDF, 662KB]
- Office of Child Care Family Child Care Brief [PDF, 312KB]
Last Reviewed: February 2017
Last Updated: February 3, 2017