Alert: Beginning July 1, 2018, the Department of Early Learning will become the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). After June 30, 2018, this website will no longer be updated. For the latest information on early learning, visit the DCYF website at

Family, Friend and Neighbor Care


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Beginning July 1, 2018, all subsidy providers, including Family, Friend and Neighbor providers, will be required to use an electronic attendance system. 


For Family Home and Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) providers, the Department of Early Learning has negotiated with SEIU 925 a one-time $200 benefit for the first 5,000 who apply for the incentive. Providers must register in MERIT and complete training for the new system to be eligible. The benefit is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This money can be applied toward the cost of purchasing new technology equipment and internet access. This benefit is not available to child care centers. To request your incentive, fill out this form


To learn more about the new requirements, visit the Attendance Project page. If you want to find out how you can become trained on the Department of Early Learning’s Electronic Attendance System, visit the Attendance Support page. With questions, please contact

Please check back on this page for other upcoming requirements for FFN providers.

Family, friend and neighbor providers (FFN) include grandparents, aunts and uncles, elders, older siblings, friends, neighbors, and others who help families take care of their kids on an informal basis. 


Families choose FFN care for a number of reasons.
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When they're not with their parents, children spend more time in the care of family, friends and neighbors than in formal child care settings.


Family, friend and neighbor (FFN) providers don't always have all the tools and support they need or want in caring for children.


Some families qualify for child care subsidies to help pay their FFN providers.
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