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The Family Child Care System is an Organized Placement and Support System for the Care of Children 2 Months to 12 Years.

The Cole-Harrington Family Child Care System contracts with Department of Early Education and Care licensed family childcare providers in 30 towns located in Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth counties. Family child care providers offer a safe, supervised, nurturing “home away from home” setting for young children 2 months to 12 years of age. Children have the opportunity to interact with a small group of children within a supportive and stimulating environment. Providers are required to follow the High Scope Curriculum that promotes children’s development and prepares them for school. Each child is encouraged to participate in age appropriate activities which enhance physical, cognitive, literacy, emotional, and social development.


Our system staff offers a range of support services to providers to help them achieve their goals for a responsive, meaningful and high quality child care program:

Monthly home visits by degreed early childhood professionals; on-site curriculum training; monthly evening workshops; quarterly Saturday workshops; informational newsletter; technical assistance; CDA certification & NAFCC accreditation assistance; billing services; consultation with health and mental health specialists; and website with links to early childhood professional resources. Visit to learn more.







Family childcare providers may care for a maximum of 6 children with 3 children under 2 if one is 15 months and walking. Providers who have a large family childcare license may care for up to ten children as long as they have a full time assistant.


Parents are viewed as the most important influence in their children’s lives. We maintain regular communication with parents and hold parent conferences throughout the year.

In addition, the FCC staff provides:

Provider screening; child care consultation; developmental screening; substitute care; parent support and education; in-depth regular progress reports; informational parent newsletter; and advocacy support for additional family/child services.