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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL I Introduction We have collectively worked in the field of early childhood education for more than eighty years. Our backgrounds include experiences as child care pro- viders, licensors, child care administrators, and trainers. We are pleased to welcome you to the Family Child Care Guide to Visits, Inspections, and Interviews. Who This Manual Is For While traveling throughout the United States to make presentations at state and national conferences, we have met hundreds of individuals who provide services from their homes. From talking to you, we know that you might be visited because you receive Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) food reimbursement funds or a subsidy for care of income-eligible children. You might also be visited by Head Start and early intervention personnel; fire, building, and health and safety inspectors; mentors; Child Development Associate (CDA) monitors; licensors; accreditation and environmental rating xiii COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL