Prepared for the Surdna Foundation by Amy R. Gillman

It has become apparent to us that community-based organizations, especially community development corporations, are playing a significant role in family child care. This report shows how community-based nonprofits are key to the emergence of an infrastructure of support for family-based care through networks and systems. The family child care systems and networks serve to support, organize and increase the supply and quality of family child care providers. We see the most successful strategies implemented through community-based institutions offering a combination of services and supports in both business and child development to address the multi-layered needs of providers.

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