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Helping Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care Providers Meet New Requirements Under the Child Care and Development Block Grant Reauthorization Law

Across the country, parents of every gender, race, and socio-economic status rely on their family members, friends, and neighbors for child care. Given the important role of family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) providers, it is essential that they remain an option for those low-income families receiving child care assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the major federal child care program. Maintaining FFN providers’ continued participation in the CCDBG program will require states—which set policies for CCDBG within federal parameters—to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities posed by the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The Act reauthorized (renewed and updated) the program and established new requirements for all providers, including FFN providers. FFN providers can encounter a number of barriers in complying with these new requirements. Yet, by providing support, employing innovative strategies, and taking advantage of the recent increase in CCDBG funding, states can help FFN providers not only meet the minimum requirements but also improve the quality of care they offer, access resources for themselves and the families they serve, and develop new connections with their communities.