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Family Child Care Associations


What is a Family Child Care Association? 


Family child care providers are independent business owners out of their homes. Operating independently can result in feelings of isolation and frustration. By joining an association, providers find that they can work together on issues of concern and provide support for one another. Associations are often defined by location, and can be very structured or quite informal. 


Benefits of participating in an association can include:


  1. Preventing burnout-Peer interaction with providers supporting providers is the best way to prevent burnout.
  2. Professional growth-Providers can share marketing ideas and business techniques, pool resources, develop a parent-provider contract and trade program ideas.
  3. Individual support- Members are able to call each other and discuss situations only another provider would understand. Some associations publish a newsletter to keep members aware of local issues and community resources.
  4. Addressing local issues- Sometimes providers will organize to work on a problem in their area. They may wish to change zoning laws, increase services, help set local standards, or work for licensing changes.
  5. Training- A group of providers can take advantage of community resources to offer training to their members, increasing the quality of their care and professional image. 
  6. Resource Sharing- Some associations purchase or receive grants for resources to share among members. 


Association Name


Meeting Date

Meeting Time

Association Contact

Contact Information

Professional Child Care Providers Network

Aldergate United Methodist Church


4055 North Riverside


Rockford, IL 61103

Meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Lisa or Pat

Lisa: (815) 713-1916
Pat: (815) 874-5666

Stephenson County Family Child Care Association

Highland Community College


2998 West Pearl City Road


Freeport, IL 61032


Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Michelle or Melissa

Michelle: (815) 232-4006 or email:



Melissa: (815) 232-3801 or email:



N.O.A.H - Network of Area Homes

Freeport Public Library


100 East Douglas Street


Freeport, IL 61032

Meets the 2nd Monday of every month

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


(815) 297-0910 or email:

Boone County Family Child Care Association

Call for location


Meets the 4th Thursday of every month

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


(815) 547-0312


Touching The Lives of Children Association

Rockford Public Library  (Main Branch)

215 N. Wyman

Rockford, IL 61101

Meets the 1st Thursday of every month

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


(815) 262-6780 or email:




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