Child Care and Early Education Research Connections

Skip to main content

Family child care support and implementation: Current challenges and strategies from the perspectives of providers


Background: Quality early childhood education (ECE) sets the foundation for children’s healthy development. Families make choices regarding the ECE options available to them, and families who desire smaller, more personal, flexible, and less expensive options, often select family child care (FCC) providers over center-based care. In addition, trending research in the United States indicates that there is a decline of FCC providers leading to a gap in the available resources for families. Objective: This study explored the experiences of family child care providers regarding the challenges and benefits of their profession. Methods: Two focus groups (N=27) comprised of licensed and unlicensed FCC providers were conducted to understand their perspectives on the perceived challenges and benefits of their work. Results: Using Bromer and Korfmacher’s conceptual model of high-quality support, we conducted a thematic analysis and found providers identified several challenges including: feeling uncomfortable in their home, payment and scheduling issues, frustration with parents, limited resources, and role conflicts. Providers also described strategies for managing their family childcare program including utilizing critical early childhood education learning strategies with children, separating personal and work spaces, using contracts, and the importance of networking with other professionals. Providers also shared benefits of FCC for the children in their care, themselves, and their own families. Conclusions: The findings align with Bromer and Korfmacher’s (2017) conceptual model and suggest a need for networking opportunities to provide information and support amongst FCC providers, improved resource sharing, more accessible funding opportunities, and the need for business training tools. (author abstract)

Resource Type:
Reports & Papers
United States

- You May Also Like

These resources share similarities with the current selection. They are found by comparing the topic, author, and resource type of the currently selected resource to the rest of the library’s publications.

Family child care home providers’ self-reported nutrition and physical activity practices, self-efficacy, barriers and knowledge: Baseline findings from happy healthy homes

Reports & Papersview

Exploring the relationship between quality rating and improvement system supports and global quality in family child care

Reports & Papersview

A multi-component tailored intervention in family childcare homes improves diet quality and sedentary behavior of preschool children compared to an attention control: Results from the Healthy Start-Comienzos Sanos cluster randomized trial

Reports & Papersview
Release: 'v1.13.0' | Built: 2022-08-08 12:44:31 EDT