Family Child Care Providers

Job Overview: A Family Child Care Provider serves a small number of children located in a Family Child Care Home residence where, at any one time, more than two children, but less than nine children receive child care. In North Carolina a licensed family child care home is regulated by a public agency that is responsible for overseeing the provision of child care and/or school-age services. In the state of North Carolina funding comes primarily from parent fees, the subsidized child care system and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.1,2 

Places of Possible Employment:
 Private Homes 

Minimum Requirements and Education3:
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (exempt if operating prior to 1-1-98)
  • Must complete 5-20 clock hours of annual on-going training based on education and experience
Recommended Education3
  • Child Development Associate or Early Childhood Preschool or Infant Toddler Certificate
  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development

Salary Range
:  $15,600 – $36,200 per year 

Recommended Previous Experience:
 Early Childhood Education teacher 

Professional Standards:
NAEYC’s Professional Standards and Competencies and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, are the professional standards specific to the job of a Family Child Care Provider.4  

Additional Resources:

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) 

1 Child Care Services Associations. Careers in Early Childhood: A North Carolina Directory. 

2  Child Care Services Association. Working in Early Care and Education in North Carolina:2019 Workforce Study.  

3 NC DHH: Division of Child Development and Early Education. Rated License for Family Child Care Homes. Https:// 

4  Unifying Framework for the Early Childhood Education Profession. Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Education. 

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