Family Friend and Neighbors (FFN)

What is a Family, Friend, and Neighbor Provider?

A Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) provider is a term used to describe a child care provider who is not registered pursuant to the Manual of Requirements for Family Child Care and whose home has been evaluated and authorized for payment through the Department of Human Services’ child care subsidy programs using the State’s Family, Friend, Neighbor & In-Home Provider Home Inspection Checklist. Unregulated relatives, friends, or neighbors may be eligible for approved home status.

The term in-home child care provider refers to an FFN who provides child care services in the child’s own home for fewer than 24 hours per day.

Per DFD Instruction #14-04-03, before an FFN provider is approved and eligible to receive child care subsidy payments, the provider must submit a Child Abuse Record Information (CARI) background check for themselves and all members of the household who are at least 14 years of age, pass an inspection of the home using the State’s Family Friend, Neighbor & In-Home Provider Home Inspection Checklist, participate in an orientation (described below), and be certified in pediatric and adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.  For our schedule of CPR/First Aid classes, visit our CPR/First Aid page

Orientation

All Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers must participate in an orientation session conducted by Child Care Connection and fulfill all ten hours of CCDBG-mandated training, including health and safety, child development, and child abuse mandated reporting, as well as be certified in CPR & First Aid (only CPR/First Aid classes that provide demonstration-based certifications are accepted). Child Care Connection will review prospective provider requirements, child care program eligibility policies, e-Child Care requirements and payment policies, and provider discontinuation policies due to program violation and/or fraud. See the Orientation schedule under Forms section at right. **During these extraordinary times, we ask that you call us at 609-989-7770, ext. 131, for information on attending an orientation session.

Health and Safety Training

Child Care Connection offers ongoing health and safety training that is available to Family, Friend, & Neighbor providers. For a listing of upcoming training opportunities, visit our CPR/First Aid page or our Special Events page, where health & safety topics are often announced. Also, check out the Calendar page for all training opportunities currently available or call out Training Dept. 609-989-7940.