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Family child care policy framework


For more than a decade, the number of licensed family child care programs significantly declined across the country. To ensure that parent choice is supported and children have opportunities to learn in settings that best suit their developmental needs, policymakers and community leaders must implement solutions at the national, state, and local levels to stabilize and grow family child care. This framework, therefore, does the following to support policy that advances family child care: • Provides an historical background, • Demonstrates the impact of policy on family child care, • Makes the case for sustained investments, • Outlines the principles that are central to the policies and investments necessary for increasing the nation’s family child care capacity, and • Offers recommendations for policymakers, philanthropy, and the business community to fully support family child care’s future. (author abstract)

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