The family child care community is at the precipice of a crisis. The number of family child care
providers is decreasing and with that loss comes a reduction in child care slots that will not be
covered in all areas by new child care center openings. Efforts to recruit new family child care
providers are minimal, young adults are not drawn to the field, especially when unemployment is
low and child care wages are poor, home ownership is down and regulations and inspections
can seem overwhelming. State agencies are overworked and understaffed, and associations are
struggling to maintain members while trying to fill in support gaps with an entirely volunteer
workforce. But help is on the way . . . .
Announcing the formation of The Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland. Conceived in the
minds of family child care providers and developed with the wisdom and expertise of
professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education, The Alliance will be a comprehensive
support network of state and local agencies, associations, and individuals, community partners,
and public/private organizations, working together to champion family child care providers and
deliver access to training and services that translate into higher quality education for children.
From the first orientation, to the first-year inspection; from setting up contracts and
handbooks, to retirement planning, The Alliance will provide Family Child Care business owners
with the means and the methods to be successful.
Currently in the planning and development phase, The Alliance is working toward a better
future for all family child care providers. We will keep the community updated on our progress
and look forward to the exciting partnerships to come.
The Family Child Care Alliance of Maryland
Donna Fowler, Jacqueline Grant, Kim Grant,
Bill Hudson, Angela Lamberti, Jody Lamberti,
Debbie Moore, Erin Moxley Mallonee