Program: Family Child Care
Director: Linda Wheelock
Address: 427 Robeson Street Fall River, MA 02720
Telephone: (508) 324-7517
Fax: (508) 324-7525
Brief Program Description: Family Child Care is a home-based program geared for a mixed age group which includes infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. One of the important characteristics of family child care is the diversity and individuality of its providers. The purpose of this program is to provide a safe, informal, healthy, nurturing environment for young children while the parent/parents are working, attending school, seeking employment or participating in a program offered by the Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) and/or the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). Family child care allows a provider to care for a small group of children in the provider’s own residence with daily routines and household materials allowing for experiences closer to children’s own physical and mental development. Program hours are to Family Child Care providers participate in a USDA food program which allows them to feed the children a nutritious breakfast, snack, and lunch on a daily basis.
Eligibility: The program provides services for children between the age of six weeks to seven years that reside in the Greater Fall River area. Eligibility is based on a sliding fee scale which corresponds with the family size to the gross monthly income. The income eligibility level table is used to identify whether a family’s income meets EEC’s eligibility criteria. The parent co-payment schedule is used to determine the parent’s co-payment once family eligibility is determined. The program accepts vouchers.
Documentation Needed: Proof of income and documentation of the need for service.
Application Process: Registration is provided by appointment with the program director.
Criteria for Selection: Income eligibility and availability of space. A centralized waitlist is kept by EEC for eligible families.