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ERIC Number: ED463075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Pages: 223
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care in Washington State: Developing Appropriate Training and Support.
Brandon, Richard N.; Maher, Erin J.; Joesch, Jutta M.; Doyle, Sharon
Family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) care is defined as regular, nonparental care provided by other than a licensed center, program, or family child care home. This study examined characteristics of Washington state children in FFN care, the characteristics and training of FFN caregivers, and views of policymakers and professionals regarding FFN care. Survey findings indicated that FFN care involves 480,000 children and is the most common form of nonparental care for infants through school-age children. A large number of children spend sufficient time in FFN care so that the quality of that care can affect their development. One-third of families receiving child care subsidies use them for FFN care. FFN caregivers provide care an average of 18 hours per week, and 40 percent are paid. FFN caregivers have less education than the adult population in Washington, and a majority have no training in child care, child development, or parenting. A majority of FFN caregivers reported problems in providing care, and two-thirds said they would like some type of training or support. FFN caregivers preferred that information and supports be built around specific problems and provided within a context of peer support. Noting that there are no models of large-scale support programs available in other states, it was recommended that a multi-county pilot program be implemented offering a range of training and support and experimenting with different ways to reach FFN caregivers. (Two appendices contain 11 additional data charts and detail multivariate analysis results. (Contains 38 references.) (KB)
Human Services Policy Center, Attn: Publications Orders, University of Washington, Box 353060, Seattle, WA 98195-3060. Tel: 206-685-3135; Fax: 206-616-5769; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle. Human Services Policy Center.
Identifiers - Location: Washington