Caring for Children in Your Home

You don’t need a lot of space in your home to be a family child care provider. Whether you live in a mobile home or a large house, you can care for children in your home.

The area in your home where you care for children is called an “environment.” Below are some examples of family child care environments.


environment with couch


 Boy playing with blocks

The corner of the living room makes a wonderful "library" for children.


Some family child care providers are able to create dedicated play rooms for children.




soft environment


environment with arabic

This soft and cozy book-nook was created from pillows and a fabric book-holder.


 Small spaces can be turned into learning centers by using shelving to hold toys, a CD player and books.


Go to:

The benefits of becoming a family child care provider.
Family child care providers share personal experiences.
Required emergency supplies and equipment.
A day in the life of a family child care provider.
Watch a short video about becoming a family child care provider.
How to apply for a family child care permit.


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