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A Vital Child Care Quality Initiative

Addressing the Needs of License-Exempt Home Child Care Providers

By Daniel Lesser

Low-income families rely more heavily on relatives and other license-exempt home child care providers than do higher-income families. Thus legal services providers and other advocates for low-income people must become knowledgeable about and actively involved in issues affecting license-exempt providers. Such issues include who these providers are, why parents place so many children in this form of care, questions that have arisen as to the quality of care children receive in these settings, and the proper policy response to these quality concerns.

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