care. Checklists and resources for quick reference help identify problematic
areas in the environment, set up multiuse learning areas, and locate addi-
tional sources of information.
The ideas and suggestions presented here are based on my visits to
hundreds of FCC homes, input from FCC providers, and years of mother-
hood and now grandmotherhood. Well-respected research and other proven
sources of sound family child care and child development practices have
been incorporated and referenced throughout the book. This resource is not
meant to be a decorating book for an “extreme makeover.” Rather, I hope
the material presented will open your eyes to the many ways you can take
advantage of the intimate feeling of home as you design environments where
children love to be and love to learn.
As a busy family child care provider, your time and energy is spent on
the children in your care and your family. Finding time to think about,
research, budget for, and make changes in your home environment may
seem an impossible task, so this book does the legwork for you. You will find
suggestions and ideas you can use within the context of limited time, energy,
and money. Read on for creative ways to capitalize on the best aspect of the
child care you provide—a homestyle family environment, a place that feels
like home for both the children in your care and the families who bring
them from their homes to yours.
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