Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care is provided in the child’s or caregiver’s home by a person who is a relative, friend or neighbor, or a babysitter or nanny. These programs are typically legally exempt from regulations and may not be required to meet health, safety and training standards unless they care for children who receive government child care subsidies.

About This Type of Care

The specific definition of this type of care and the regulatory requirements depends on the number of children in care, whether or not the children are relatives and the state in which you live. Your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency can help you determine if your Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care (FFN) provider is required to be regulated and, if so, what regulations must be met. Find your local CCR&R with a zip code search on our CCR&R Search page.

Tips for Choosing This Type of Care

  • While Family, Friend, and Neighbor care providers are someone you are likely close to and feel comfortable with, you may want to ask your caregiver to take first aid and CPR training.
  • Your caregiver will be a very important person in you child’s life. It is important to discuss your desires and beliefs about nutrition, discipline, safe sleep, screen time and activities with your provider to ensure you agree on how your child will be cared for when you are not there.
  • Be sure to think about things like payment, holidays and safety of the environment as you’re making your decision. Our All in the Family brochure provides more detail on these and other important topics for you to consider.

Why Families May Choose This Type of Care

Families who choose this type of care report that they know and trust the caregiver. Families may like the flexibility in scheduling and transportation. Family, Friend, and Neighbor care is also often the least expensive type of care available.