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Providing a roadmap to in-home child care providers

What is the FCCN-KY

Kentucky law indicates that anyone offering care for more than three unrelated children in their home is to be regulated by the state by either becoming a registered provider, a Certified Family Child Care provider, or a Licensed Family Child Care Provider.

The FCCN-KY has regional offices with specialists who are there specifically to help potential providers understand the processes, recruit in-home providers, offer training and technical assistance and provide on-going support to regulated in-home providers. In addition, the regional offices will build relationships and connections among in-home providers in the area and across the state. 
 

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We help ensure that in-home family child care providers have the support they need to be successful business owners, and provide a safe and healthy environment for young children to play and learn to get the early foundation they need to be successful in school and in life.  

History of FCCN

In 2018,

the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services launched an initiative to increase access to high-quality family child care homes for infants and toddlers. The launch of this network is a tribute to the collaborative efforts of many Kentuckians to support strong early childhood development and child care as an important workforce support for a thriving Kentucky.

In 2021,

the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Division of Child Care contracted with Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the Training and Technical Assistance Services Department (T/TAS) in Bowling Green KY, to support in-home family child care providers of young children across the state.

This newly established network was designed to ensure that in-home family child care providers have the support they need to be successful business owners, and provide a safe and healthy environment for young children to play and learn to get the early foundation they need to be successful in school and in life.  

 

This new network, dedicated to the recruitment of new in-home family child care providers and supporting our existing in-home family child care providers comes at a prime time to help rebuild the state’s child care system. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky lost approximately 10% of its regulated child care providers which poses another issue to our workforce when families do not have safe care for their children so they can go to work.

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Providing the roadmap to support successful in-home childcare providers, including links to training, professional development and external resources.

Type of Care

Licensed EC Provider Type I

Number of Children

4 or more children

13 or more children

Location

Notes

Non-residential

Residential: designated space separate from primary residence

Licensed EC Provider Type II

7-12

(no more than 12 related to licensee)

Provider’s home

Provider’s home

Provider’s home

Certified Family Child Care

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

No more than 6 unrelated and no more than 4 related.

Provider’s home

Total of 10 children

Certified Family Child Care

No more than 3 unrelated to caregiver or more than 6 if children are a sibling group and related to the provider.

Provider’s home or child’s own home.

Provider’s home or child’s own home.

Provider’s home or child’s own home.

Provider’s home or child’s own home.

Children in care must receive benefits under the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Nonregulated Child Care

3 or fewer children

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Process Complete

Step 4
Application Process

Step 3
Secondary Preparation

Step 1
Introduction

Step 2
Preliminary Preparation