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What is a Family Child Care System?

Family Child Care systems are community-based networks of Family Child Care Educators who offer care and education to children in a family home setting, licensed by The Department of Early Education and Care. Our children, families and educators are supported by a variety of services offered by the Community Action, Inc. agency. We use these opportunities with families to offer referrals to programs they might be qualified for. Family Child Care Systems have been an integral part of the child care delivery system in Massachusetts since 1970.

What is Family Day Care (FDC)?

CAI-FDC subcontracts with 40-50 Family Child Care Educators in the Merrimack Valley area. Educators go through an interview process, application, and screening to include a home visit to ensure health and safety standards are being met. Family Child Care is typically a more flexible environment for families and their children. Children are in groups of no more than 6 children and depending on their education and experience they can increase their license with approval from the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) as long as they have a qualified approved assistant.

Family Child Care Educators also support our growing school-age population by offering care before and after school, as well as for holidays, snow days and vacations. On limited bases CAI-FDC can support parents/guardians in finding an Educator who stays open during non-traditional hours for those parents/guardians working other shifts.

CAI-FDC has staff that are all qualified to support educators and families in services beyond child care. Please contact us for further information. 978-373-1971



Who is Eligible?

The Family Day Care Program offers comprehensive services to children ages 8 weeks to 12 years. Eligibility is based on income guidelines.


Parents/Guardians must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week.



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CAI FDC Service Area: Amesbury, Newbury, Boxford, Newburyport, Georgetown, Rowley, Groveland, Salisbury, Haverhill, West Newbury or Merrimac.


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Family Day Care
CAI Fox Center
75 Elm Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

(978) 373-1971

Office hours:

8:00am to 5:00 pm, Mon – Fri

Educator hours:
6:00 am to 5:30 pm, Mon – Fri

*Non Traditional Hours Accepted

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