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Family Child Care Ratios and Group Sizes: Research-Based Rationale

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Publication Date: August 2008

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Rachel Schumacher; Elizabeth Hoffmann

Topic: Health (Licensing and regulation)
Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Coverage: United States


This rationale presents research on the effects of ratios and groups sizes on babies in family child care. As part of the Charting Progress for Babies in Child Care project, this rationale supports the Policy FrameworkÂ’s Recommendation #7: Ensure babies and toddlers in family child care are in small groups with sufficient numbers of providers.


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