Skip to Main Content

PreK in Family Child Care Project (PKFCC)

The PKFCC project examines strategies for implementation of public pre-kindergarten (PreK) in family child care (FCC) settings across states and localities in the U.S.

Contributors
  • Juliet Bromer , Principal Investigator, Erikson Institute
  • Rena Hallam , Co-PI, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, University of Delaware
  • Jason Hustedt , Co-PI, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, University of Delaware
  • Iheoma Iruka , Co-PI, Equity Research Action Coalition, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Samantha Melvin , Co-Investigator, Erikson Institute
  • Patricia Molloy , Project Manager, Erikson Institute
  • Leanett Reinoso , Research Assistant, Erikson Institute
  • Jenille Morgan , Research Associate, Equity Research Action Coalition, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Annette Pic , Graduate Research Assistant, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, University of Delaware

The study will use a rapid response approach designed to both disseminate study findings about PreK-FCC implementation strategies and facilitate cross-state learning and sharing about PreK implementation successes and challenges.

Focus groups and interviews with PreK site administrators and staff, document review of current PreK initiatives, and a survey of FCC professionals who offer PreK will yield a quarterly series of rapid response policy briefs and a web-based depository of implementation tools for PreK administrators seeking to implement a mixed-delivery approach to PreK expansion that includes FCC settings.

Long-term goals for the study include increasing the numbers of states and localities that include FCC as part of their mixed delivery child care systems and current/future PreK implementation plans. Expansion of PreK to meaningfully include FCC is a promising strategy for supporting the FCC workforce and for increasing equitable access to and stability of high-quality early care and education for families and children.

This project is funded by the Foundation for Child Development and Home Grown.

Products

A Transformative Vision for the Authentic Inclusion of Family Child Care in Mixed-Delivery PreK Systems

Including family child care (FCC) educators in mixed-delivery PreK systems is essential to achieving equity for children, families, educators, and communities. Intentionally (re)designing PreK systems to be more inclusive, equitable, and just can pave the way for transformative change across early care and education systems that can result in enhanced outcomes for young children and families. In this document, we offer a set of guiding principles and a parallel conceptual framework that together highlight: (1) the potential strengths and assets that FCC programs can contribute to enhancing PreK children’s developmental outcomes; and (2) the areas of PreK implementation that need to be intentionally designed to successfully engage and support FCC educators as a key component of a mixed-delivery PreK system.

Read the Conceptual Framework

Resources

Join the Erikson family with monthly news + events updates shared by academics, community members, and families.

Kickoff Webinar Video

PreK in Family Child Care Project Webinar video
PKFCC Webinar