What is In-Home or Family Childcare?

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What is In-Home Childcare?

In-home childcare, also knows as "family care" is a childcare option where families pay to bring their child to the home of an adult, who provides child care on a regular, ongoing basis. This childcare option is different than a nanny because a children are brought to the caregiver's home for care (vs. a caregiver who goes to the child's home to provide care). States limit the number of children who can be cared for in a home environment.

Home child care providers should be licensed by the state and the care providers should have basic training in first aid, safety and child care. Many in-home providers also have training in early education.

To learn more about in-home childcare:

Top Reasons To Consider In-Home Childcare

How Can I Find Quality In-Home Childcare?

10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Childcare Provider

Can a Childcare Provider be Exempt from Licensing?

Updated by Jill Ceder

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