The Library’s Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) Caregiver Support Network provides home-based care – in the caregiver or child’s home – from relatives, friends, neighbors, or babysitters and nannies.
The FFN program offers workforce development for informal caregivers that includes opportunities for networking and forming social connections. We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach to supporting informal caregivers, and the FFN program has a strong focus on removing barriers to access and participation.
In California, 80% of children age 0-2 and 40% of children age 0-5 are cared for by Family, Friends, and Neighbors (FFNs). In 2019, 31% of Black, 25% of Hispanic, 23% of Asian/Pacific Islander, and 23% of white children under age 6 were regularly in relative care in the U.S.
In March of 2019, the San José City Council approved the “Family Friendly City” initiative. The Library was tasked with exploring and implementing opportunities to raise the quality of early learning environments for licensed exempt home childcare providers and FFNs.
We’re excited by the early results and successes of the FFN program in 2020 as we look to expand it in the months and years ahead, in partnership with Library staff and community partners!