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Media Coverage | | The Hechinger Report

Grandparents, neighbors and friends are propping up the child care industry. They need help

Millions of unlicensed, informal caregivers care for children each day with limited support and funding

Our Executive Director Patricia Lozano spoke with Jackie Mader from The Hechinger Report about supports for informal, home-based child care providers known as Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers.

Policymakers have mixed views on whether grandparents, neighbors, and family friends should be included in formal child care policy, said Patricia Lozano, executive director of Early Edge California, which advocates for high-quality early learning programs in a variety of settings. “It’s complicated,” she said. “It’s really difficult to have policies that apply to all.”

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