Family Child Care Partners

Many of the Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnership 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-CC Partnership 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.

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-CC Partnerships that include FCC partners.

Logic Model for Early Head Start and Family Child Care Partnerships

Partners can use these tools and resources for planning EHS-CC Partnerships. Mathematica created these documents for the EHS for FCC Demonstration Project.

Professional Qualifications and Development

FCC providers who are part of an EHS-CC Partnership grant must meet EHS requirements for professional qualifications and training. Explore the resources below for information that can help FCC providers meet those standards.

Family Child Care Program Quality

FCC partners must meet all of the Head Start Program Performance Standards for infant and 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.