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Why choose in-home child care?

There are a variety of scenarios in which you may be thinking about the best child care options for your family. Maybe you’ve recently had a baby and are considering how to return to your job once your parental leave time is up. Or, maybe your child was attending a preschool or child care program previously, but with Covid-19 concerns you’re no longer as comfortable with a large group setting. Or, perhaps your child was just getting ready to start a child care program, but Covid interrupted your plans and now you need to reassess your options.

In any of these scenarios (and about a million others!), in-home care, often referred to as family child care, may be a good solution for your child’s care.


Why Family Child Care (FCC)?

Small group sizes and low ratios

  • More opportunities for 1:1 interaction with each child
  • Individualized care
  • Strong child/caregiver relationships
  • Strong social emotional development, which is a leading indicator of school readiness and predictor of future social & academic success, is an outcome of all of the above

Mixed age groups

  • Opportunities for children to interact and get along with children of varying ages – again, increased social emotional skills
  • Leadership opportunities for older children
  • Younger children get the opportunity to learn from older children
  • Siblings of different ages can be in the same classroom

Continuity of care

  • A strongly recommended best practice, wherein a provider works with a child for an extended period of time
  • Allows for deep relationships to form
  • Facilitates deep attachments
  • Care and understanding of/for an individual child also deepens

Greater variety for families

  • Learning philosophy
  • Daily schedule/routine
  • Ages served
  • Tuition and pricing

More culturally relevant for many families

Many families, particularly those with very young children, prefer for their children to be cared for in an intimate, more family-oriented setting. Family child care allows them to select this as a care option while still enrolling in a program that is licensed and regulated

Smaller environment = potentially less exposure to illness

Precautionary health measures need to be followed in order to ensure everyone’s safety, but there is something to be said for a smaller environment, with fewer families and teachers, that may make you feel more comfortable as a parent during these very unpredictable times.


Wonderschool is a network of quality in-home early childhood programs. Our mission is to ensure that every child has access to a home away from home that helps them realize their full potential. We work with experienced educators and child care providers to help them start their own child care or preschool out of their homes, whether they live in apartments, condos, or homes that they rent or own.