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Media Coverage | | The Hechinger Report

Funding and training is rarely available when your child care is friends, neighbors

How to support informal caregivers who fill a critical child care gap

Our Executive Director Patricia Lozano spoke with Jackie Mader from The Hechinger Report to weigh in on how to support Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) child care providers. 

Informal caregivers, such as family, friends and neighbors, provide essential child care but without the formal support and funding available to other child care providers.

“They’re not part of the system [where] we see subsidies or we see professional development,” said Patricia Lozano, executive director of Early Edge California, a nonprofit focused on early learning programs, including those that support FFN providers. “What we’re trying to do is understand their needs and really find ways to develop policy that could benefit them,” she added.

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