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Understanding the strengths of family, friend, and neighbor care


In 2021, Home Grown contracted with Mathematica to conduct the Understanding the Strengths of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care project to identify the strengths and limitations of FFN care and the needs of FFN providers. To do this, Mathematica developed a conceptual framework depicting the key characteristics of FFN care and, in consultation with Home Grown, selected five key characteristics to focus on. Three of these characteristics involve the parent-provider relationship—namely, the extent to which the relationship (1) fosters reciprocal communication, (2) emphasizes trust, and (3) is responsive and relationship based. Two of these characteristics focus on FFN care—namely, the extent to which FFN care (4) offers consistency and stability to children and families and (5) feels like home. The team also developed a set of research questions (Box 1). This brief shares key findings from the project and offers considerations for practice, policy, and research. (author abstract)

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