Staffed Family Child Care Networks (SFCCN)

Family Child Care Networks are one of OEC’s key quality improvement supports for family child care programs. These community initiatives have paid staff with expertise helping family child care providers and they offer ongoing support services and resources.

OEC is supporting 12 networks across the state, each located in the area they serve and developed to meet the specific needs of their community. Networks work closely with local providers and families.

SFFCN supports for providers

Coaching and consultation

  • Ongoing contact with network staff by phone and email
  • Access to health consultations provided by nurse consultants
  • Access to behavioral health experts from the Early Childhood Consultation Partnership (ECCP) and Connecticut’s Talk It Out line

Professional development

  • Regularly scheduled network meetings

Buying power

Family child care networks help licensed providers reduce the amount of time and effort they spend managing their business, so they can focus more on learning and communicating with children and families. These shared service agreements offer access to:

  • Group purchasing
  • Tuition collection assistance
  • Tax preparation

Access to Health Consultations

Connecticut Nurses’ Association offers free phone support health consultation to licensed family child care providers. Support includes:

  • Practices related to reducing the transmission of germs
  • Keeping children and families safe
  • Nutrition, physical activity, and other health topics

Keep in mind that nurse consultants cannot offer medical services (e.g., recommendations about diagnosis and treatment), handle emergencies, or address OEC licensing issues.

  • Call 855-322-2242 (toll-free)
  • Email

A nurse will respond to your phone message or email.

For more information:

Join an SFCCN in your area

To find networks in your area, select your town on the map or use the dropdown menu. You can then contact them directly and say you’d like to apply. 

Have questions?

To get contact information for your local family child care network, use our interactive map.

If you have questions about OEC’s partnership with family child care networks, contact us.

Last updated August 10, 2022