Family Child Care Homes

Interested in opening a Family Child Care Home?

We can help! 4-C has the tools, resources, and services to make it easier.

Family Child Care Homes are known by many different names. In this type of child care arrangement, providers care for small groups of children in a residential building—a house, apartment, or condo unit.

A family child care home may be classified as large or small, depending on how many children are cared for. The number of infants and toddlers that can be cared for in a family child care home is often limited.

How can Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C) help?

  • Family Child Care Foundations: Every month we offer a "how to get started in family child care" class. Join us virtually the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 10AM. Email Trish Kite-Hannon ([email protected]) to sign up.
  • Support for completing the state grant for 1st time providers to help with start-up cost.
  • Training and ongoing networking through the Family Child Care Community of Practice.
  • Free coaching and support through the certification process and beyond.

Benefits of Family Child Care Homes:

  • Offers smaller groups of children
  • Mixed-age groups so that siblings can be together
  • A consistent caregiver
  • Flexibility in hours of operation and non-traditional hours

Why Become a Certified Provider?

  • Own your own business.
  • Stay at home with your children while bringing in money to support your family.
  • Benefit from Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) reimbursement.
  • Strengthen your community.
  • Family Child Care Providers make a big difference in improving the lives of the young children in your care.

If you are considering opening a Family Child Care Home, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I enjoy working with children?
  • Am I ready to learn more about child development?
  • Am I ready to be a professional business owner?
  • Would I like to be able to set my own hours and wages?
  • Would I like to work at home so that I can stay at home with my own children?
  • Am I willing to open my home to other children?
  • Is my family supportive of my plans to operate a Family Child Care Home?
  • Am I willing to meet all licensing requirements and, if required, make changes to my home?
  • Am I ready to take responsibility for the health and safety of children other than my own?

What it takes to become a Certified Provider:

  • Landlord’s Permission
  • Zoning Approval
  • High Diploma/ GED
  • Clean Background Checks for all household members
  • CPR/ First Aid Certification
  • Commercial Liability Insurance
  • Continued Education

Funded through Family Childcare Support Award SC 7362100001482

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