Addressing the Decreasing Number of Family Child Care Providers in the United States

Action is needed to ensure that family child care remains a strong, healthy component of the early childhood education system. This brief examines the reasons family child care homes close and offers information that your state, territory, or tribe can use to solve this problem.

The paper was revised in October 2019 to include additional data about the number of licensed child care facilities, licensed capacity, and providers participating in the child care subsidy program that go back to 2005.

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October 24, 2019
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