Family, Friend and Neighbor

AFFNNC

Alliance for Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care
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AFFNNC Purpose

The Alliance for Family Friend and Neighbor Child Care (AFFNCC) was formed in August 2011 to build a collaborative Alliance of family, friend and neighbor partners with the interest and commitment to serve this population of child care providers and the children they serve through an integrated system of services. The Alliance members share a passion for serving children, a commitment to long-term collaboration, cooperation and a focus on engaging and empowering the early childhood community and the community at large about issues surrounding family friend and neighbor care. The Alliance has a bias for action, especially those actions that directly result in improving the outcome for children in all early care settings.

About:

In 2011, a group of organizations and individuals concerned about family, friend and neighbor child care providers and the children in their care, came together to create an avenue to advocate for inclusion in the child care continuum and equal access to services for this population. From this, the Alliance for Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care (AFFNCC) was formed.

Vision

Every child is prepared to enter Kindergarten ready to succeed

Mission

The Alliance advocates for equal access to early childhood services for children in all types of child care settings

Guiding Principles

Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) care is a part of the child care continuum.All children in out-of-home care need to be in a quality environment regardless of their family's economic situation.
Access to quality child care is a socioeconomic and social justice issue that may be influenced by poverty, culture, race and discrimination.

Goals

Raise awareness within early childhood education community and the community at large about issues surrounding Family Friend and Neighbor (FFN) child care:
a. Prevalence
b. Reasons for choosing FFN
c. Best practices in delivering training and outreach to providers
d. Outcomes for children in FFN care
e. Implications for social justice efforts

Provide education, ideas and direction for how FFN child care can become fully integrated into the larger early childhood education continuum
Advocate for increased funding for support and education related to FFN child care