Why do #families choose #familychildcare 👶 Family child care is a critical component of a #childcare system that meets the diverse needs of all families, and is wellpositioned to meet the needs of families that face the greatest barriers to accessing child care. Families choose family child care as their preferred child care arrangement because: 🏠 Family-like environment
Many families feel more comfortable placing their children— particularly #infants and #toddlers —in family child care programs because they believe that their #children will thrive within a small group in a warm, familial, #home setting.
🌐 #Culture and language
Family child care providers live and work in the same communities as the families they serve, families may feel that their family child care provider better understands their needs and the needs of their children than a provider from a different community. 📍 Geographic accessibility
Family child care programs provide families with child care options in the neighborhoods where they live and work. This is especially important for families that lack access to reliable transportation. 🦉 Flexibility
Family child care providers often offer flexible scheduling options and are more likely to accommodate nontraditional child care needs by having extended hours, overnight hours and/or weekend hours. 👩👧👦Mixed-age groups
Family child care providers can care for mixed-age groups, including infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children, in addition to providing before-and-after school care and summer care for school-aged children. Families with multiple children can save time and money and provide peace of mind that their children are safe together in one place. 💰 Affordability
The cost of family child care is typically less than that of center-based care. As such, family child care programs can serve as an affordable, high-quality option for children and families from under-resourced communities. 📈 Economic drivers Family child care generates significant economic returns as it allows parents to enter and remain in the workforce and providers to increase their own earnings as business owners. Source: @allourkin - 1 minute ago