FF-NBR

Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care Provider
(FF & Nbr)

Family child care providers are professionals who care for children in groups of no more than 6 children at a time when there is only one adult providing child care, and up to 12 children at a time when there are two adults providing care. In addition, many informal arrangements exist with friends, relatives and neighbors taking care of young children. Many children receive care in family child care programs, while many others receive care from informal arrangements. Many children use combinations of care that may involved center-based care, family child care home arrangements and care by neighbors and relatives. The role of any and all of these arrangements in fostering the well-being of children deserves support to ensure that children are protected from harm and helped to reach their potential.

News

  • Fall Means Cooler Weather - Infant Safe Sleep Reminders
    Now is a good time to remind infant caregivers of safe sleep recommendations and the prohibition of use of blankets.  See the Infant Safe Sleep Reommendations.   10/2018 
  • Prepare Now for Flu
    Reduce the risk of influenza (flu) in your early care and education program this year.  See the flu article and resources.
  • STARS Standard L.M.2.5 Supporting Children with Special Needs
    Did you know…ECELS has valuable tools to help you meet the new STARS Standard LM.2.5 Program uses Caring for Our Children to establish policies and practices regarding care plans for children with special needs, asthma, medical needs, food allergies, and medication administration.  1. Use Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. form-field version to adapt a policy for your program. …
  • Register for Spring 2019 Child Care Health Advocate Course
    Register for the Spring 2019 online Child Care Health Advocate Course at Northampton Community College (NCC).The course runs from January 14, 2019 through May 13, 2019. Directors, lead teachers and others in the early education field learn to assess, identify, and prioritize health and safety needs of children and staff, and to collaborate with a nurse or physician child care…
  • Sign-up for E-Mail Alerts
    Sign-up on this website to receive E-Mail Alerts from ECELS about news or key new postings on this website. Please click on the orange button on the home page to access this function. In addition, child care health consultants have an opportunity to request access to a password-protected site where ECELS is posting lesson plans for qualified instructors. To access…