This type of care is provided in another caregiver’s home. While most family-care providers accept children from infancy through school age, some providers care for only one specific age group. The care may be provided in a very relaxed, nurturing, homelike atmosphere or it may be in a more structured, educational setting. Your choice of the right setting depends on you and your child’s needs.
When family child care providers care for more than one family’s children, they must be licensed through the State Department of Human Services. Depending on the number of caregivers and/or helpers, private home facilities can care for between 10 and 14 children, including the provider’s own children. Only so many of these can be under school age.