How does family, friend and neighbor care compare to other types of child care?
Family, friend and neighbor care is the oldest form of child care.
It is characterized by established bonds of love and trust.
Parents choose this type of care because they have confidence their children will be safe, and their values, language, and culture strengthened.
In many cultures, the help of family members and friends is not seen as a choice, but simply the way things are: extended family and community working together to raise children.
They usually care for one or two children at a time.
Caregivers may be paid or not.
Families with low incomes may be able to get help paying for family, friend and neighbor child care, just as they could for licensed child care centers.