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Family Friend and Neighbor Care
They are an essential part of the child care “system.”
They include grandparents, aunts and uncles, other elders, older siblings,
friends and neighbors, who help care for young children. Family, friends
and neighbors provide care for an estimated 60,000 children in King County.
For 28,000 of those children, they are the primary source of care when parents
are working or attending school.
Why is it important to connect family, friend and neighbor caregivers to support and resources?
Babies are born learning. Children’s earliest experiences and relationships make a huge difference in the way their brains develop. Caregivers, like parents, have a significant impact on young children’s development. It is important that all caregivers understand that time spent with young children can positively affect each child’s growth and development. There are dozens of “teachable moments” everyday in which family, friend and neighbor caregivers can help children develop skills that lay the foundation for school readiness. Caregivers are more likely to understand how children learn when they have access to information, resources and support.
What is the Family, Friend & Neighbor Project at Child Care Resources?
The goal of our Family, Friend and Neighbor Project
is a comprehensive, community-based network of supports and resources for
family, friend and neighbor caregivers and the children in their care. The
project is funded by private foundations, local government, and CCR’s unrestricted
funds. Our work is organized into the following six categories:
We bring information about family, friend and neighbor care into the community. Read more...
We help community based organizations to serve family, friend and neighbor caregivers. Read more...
Policy and Advocacy
Learn about our state and local policy agenda. Read more...
Find information about our evaluation process, and recent reports. Read more...
National Resources and Organizations
Link to publications and projects across the country. Read more...
Articles and Links
Read about how children learn through play, child development, activities, school readiness, safety guidelines, and more. Read more...
Resource Guide for Family Friends and Neighbors Who Care for Children
Family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers have an important role in contributing to the healthy development, school readiness and school success of children. Information for this booklet has been compiled from a wide variety of sources and field-tested by real-life people caring for children. It is a gift to you, for all you do, to support a great future for our community and world…Thank you!