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A National Conference on Community Development and Family Child Care: Proceedings from December 3-4, 1997
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Published April 12, 2000
Author Amy Gillman
Source Local Initiatives Support Corporation
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 Family child care -- care provided to small groups of children in the home of the caregiver -- is the most frequently used form of child care in low-income communities. While many parents seek educationally oriented center-based programming for their preschool children, intimate and homelike environments are often the setting of choice, especially for infants and toddlers. Many low-income families choose family child care for its convenient location in residential neighborhoods, the cultural appropriateness of providers and settings, and its flexible and affordable services. For many poor families, home-based child care is simply the only available option. While poor communities are often underserved by family child care homes, research has documented that poor neighborhoods are twice as likely as nonpoor communities to have no child care centers.

 

   
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