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Family, Friend and Neighbor Caregivers

Family Friend Neighbor


  • Family, friends and neighbors who care for young children (birth to age 5)
  • Informal/unregulated home child care providers
  • Grandparents
  • Foster and adoptive parents
  • Kith and kin child care providers


Many young children spend parts of the day with someone other than their parents and not in a formal child care program — with a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or with a trusted neighbor or friend. Caring for the children of family, friends or neighbors is very important work. Thank you!


Family, friend and neighbor (FFN) programs support caregivers in helping the young children in your care learn and grow. Programs are free and usually include classes or group meetings with other caregivers that are led by trained professionals. You’ll learn how you can better support the health, development and learning of the young children in your care through health and safety practices, educational activities and understanding more about child development.

Contact the FFN programs in your area to find out how you can participate.


  • Family Activities
  • Family Resource Centers
  • Parenting Education



Family, Friend and Neighbor Caregivers Success Stories

Young boy sitting on a bed surrounded by books and activities.

Kith and Kin Project helps speech development of young Kayenta boy

  • Navajo Nation
Grandparents smiling on the sofa with their grandchildren

Family, Friends and Neighbor program helps Maricopa grandmother prepare granddaughter for kindergarten

  • Pinal
Two boys in a preschool classroom

Kith and Kin program helps Phoenix mom provide structure in son’s life

  • Phoenix South

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