Supporting Informal Child Care Providers in Detroit
The demand for licensed early care and education (ECE) providers exceeds the number of available licensed ECE slots in Detroit’s lower-income communities. As a result, some families opt for informal child care, which is unlicensed care provided by family, friends, or neighbors. This brief features findings and lessons learned from an evaluation of an initiative designed to enhance informal child care and to improve outcomes for children with access to high quality ECE in home-based settings. The evaluation examines the strengths, limitations, and needs of informal child care providers in southwest Detroit and suggests ways to strengthen resources as well as supports available to informal child care providers.