Home-based Family Child Care

"In-Home Child Care"
Contact: Katherine Sanchez
Tel: (781) 598-5547 ext. 249 | Email Katherine_ Sanchez@ccab.org
Contact: Paula Bowie
Tel: (617) 623-8555 ext. 107 | Email Paula_Bowie@ccab.org
Home-based family child care is often called “in-home child care,” because the child care takes place in the caregiver’s home. Since a very limited number of children are enrolled, children develop a close bond with their caregiver and others in child care with them. Because the child-provider ratio is low in family child care, children often receive flexible and customized care.

We have three divisions that manage our home-based family child cares—Lynn, Peabody, and Somerville. Family child care homes are located in Peabody, Lynn, Salem, Saugus, Danvers, Nahant, and Beverly as well as Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville.

Catholic Charities contracts with licensed family child care educators to care for children in their homes. Many of our affiliated family child care homes are accredited by the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Catholic Charities personnel visit the homes regularly to monitor and support the curriculum and other activities, which mirror the activities in our center-based child care. Family child care is a great option for parents looking for a more home-like environment.

Our family child care educators, who represent the cultural diversity of their community, are united by a love of children and a desire to partner with you to support your child’s growth and readiness for school. We believe young children learn best through a combination of play and planned activities with each other, with adults, and with their environment. Our licensed family child care homes encourage active exploration of the world, while helping children grow in a safe, caring, and supportive environment.

Peabody, Lynn, Salem, Saugus, Danvers, Nahant, and Beverly
Family Child Care North is a full-time, full-year family child care system. The North Shore family child care system serves children from 8 weeks - 6 years of age from Peabody, Lynn, Salem, Saugus, Danvers, Nahant, and Beverly. It is open year-round, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. At the time of enrollment, specific hours of child care within this time frame will be arranged to meet your family’s need.

Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville
Family Child Care West is a full-time, full-year family child care system. Our licensed homes, located in Cambridge, Everett, Malden, Medford and Somerville, serve children ages 8 weeks to 5 years and are open Monday through Friday.

Our Educators
Our educators are recruited and screened by one of the agency’s professional education and/or social service staff. The Family Child Care Educators are licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and meet or exceed their early childhood requirements.  They receive at least 10 hours of additional training throughout the year.  Each Family Child Care Educator is CPR and First Aid certified and we conduct background checks and Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) checks.  Ongoing consultation and professional development opportunities support educators in their work with your children. Many of our homes are accredited by the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) and/or the educators have a CDA (Child Development Associate), an associates degree or a bachelors degree.

Hours vary between child care homes.

Choosing a child care program is one of the most important decisions a parent can make. Our job is to help you find the right match for your family. Contact our enrollment coordinators Katherine Sanchez (Lynn/Peabody) by phone (781) 598-5547 ext. 249 or by email at Katherine_Sanchez@ccab.org or Paula Bowie (Somerville) by phone (617) 623-8555 ext. 107 or by email at Paula_Bowie@ccab.org to find out more about the program, child care rates, and opportunities for financial assistance.