Toward a National Strategy to Improve Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care: Report of a Symposium Hosted by the National Center for Children in Poverty

Kreader, J. Lee; Lawrence, Sharmila M.

Family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) child care is a widely used form of care for young children in the United States, particularly for children birth through age 2. It accounts for 46 percent of the hours these youngest children spend in nonparental care. Thirty-three experts from a range of research, policy, and practice organizations came together for a symposium on FFN care on November 2, 2005 entitled: Improving Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care: Toward a National Strategy. (See Appendix B for a participant list.) This symposium report outlines the picture of current FFN research, practice, and policy that emerged and identifies next steps to strengthen all three areas. A major step that would support practice, policy, and research alike is to increase public awareness of the widespread use of FFN care by families of all economic levels and ethnicities.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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July 6, 2010