Family Child Care

In Utah Family Child Care means a provider does child care in their home. The adult/child ratios are one adult to eight children with no more than two children under the age of two or one adult to six children with no more than three children under the age of two. Large Family Child Care means there are more than one provider in the home. The adult ratios are two adults to 9-16 children with no more than four children under the age of two. 

Why Do Parents Choose Family Child Care Providers?

Parents choose family child care because they want to keep their children in a home-like environment. They prefer to relate to a single caregiver and believe that children are healthier, happier, and more secure in smaller groups.

Some parents like having all their children in the same group, or trust what they learned about the provider from friends. Sometimes they choose family child care because they find it closer to home, less expensive or more flexible.


Research Connections Article, Family Child Care in the United States, Taryn W. Morrissey, Department of Human Development, Cornell University