Improving Child Care Choices for Families with Infants and Toddlers

Thanks to a planning grant from Pritzker Children’s Initiative, the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) has developed a plan to strengthen states’ abilities to expand and prioritize home-based child care to improve access and quality for infants and toddlers: 

Recommendation 1: Define Quality and Build Supply with an Equity Approach

Recommendation 2: Build the Capacity of Provider Organizations

Recommendation 3: Target Research, Policy, and Messages

Recommendation 4: Encourage Strategic and Collaborative Advocacy

Recommendation 5: Report on “The State of Family Child Care”

Recommendation 6: Address Housing Challenges

Recommendation 7: Recruit Future Family Child Care Providers 

For the planning grant, NAFCC brought together a work group of national partners including National Women’s Law Center, Center for Law and Social Policy, Child Care Aware of America, ZERO TO THREE, Center for Community Change, and All Our Kin. The planning grant work investigated five states: Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon and Wisconsin.

For more information about the recommendations, please contact NAFCC at

Exciting Opportunity: Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

NAFCC members play a crucial role for infants and toddlers every day and Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships are an exciting opportunity.

These Partnerships were created through an investment from Congress in 2014. The work of the Partnerships got got underway in communities in 2015 and includes about 1,000 family child care providers to reach infants, toddlers and their families with crucial services. 

News: Congress approved additional funding in the FY2018 appropriations decisions, and we expect the Funding Opportunity Announcement soon. Plus, Congress may approve additional funds for FY2019. 

NAFCC applauds this commitment to increasing investments in high-quality early learning experiences for infants, toddlers and their families, and the investment in family child care providers to carry out this work. 

Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships brochure 

NAFCC fact sheet on Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships updated June 2016

Success story - Connecticut

Success story - Virginia

Success story - California 

Find the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Grantee near you!

Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5. School readiness, health, nutrition and parent engagement services are delivered through grantee agencies and in partnership with child care providers, including many NAFCC members. 

Are you a family child care provider in an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership? Please contact NAFCC via email: