Learn about Family Child Care

Licensed Family Child Care providers may care for up to 10 children under 14 years old in their home with an approved assistant. Learn more about Family Child Care programs and find a licensed provider near you.

Choosing a family child care program is more than selecting a safe and nurturing environment that works with your family’s needs and schedule. Because early experiences shape how the brain is built, a high quality program plays an important role in your child’s development.

What is Family Child Care?

Family Child Care programs are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). This type of early education and care takes place in the provider's home. There are three types of licensed Family Child Care programs:

  • Up to 6 children: A licensed Family Child Care provider may enroll up to 6 children in their program if the children are within the required age limits.
  • Up to 8 children: A licensed Family Child Care provider may enroll up to 8 children in their program without an assistant if at least 2 of the children are school age, if the other children are within the required age limits.
  • Up to 10 children: A licensed Family Child Care provider may enroll up to 10 children in their program if there is an approved assistant working with them, and if the children are within the required age limits.

Family Child Care assistants

EEC approves or certifies Family Child Care Assistants to work in licensed Family Child Care homes. There are two types of Family Child Care Assistants:

  • Regular Family Child Care assistant: As a regular Family Child Care Assistant, you can provide care under the supervision of a licensed Family Child Care provider or certified Family Child Care assistant. You can care for the children alone for a limited period of time if you are First Aid and CPR certified.
  • Certified Family Child Care assistant: As a certified Family Child Care Assistant, you must meet the qualifications of a licensed Family Child Care provider. You can provide care under the supervision of a licensed Family Child Care provider or you may provide substitute care for up to 25 hours in a twelve month period.

To learn more about which Family Child Care assistant position you can apply for, visit the eligibility and qualifications page. To apply, contact your local EEC office.

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