In Alabama, there are approximately 2,500 licensed family child care homes with the capacity to care for over 20,000 children. The quality of care offered by Alabama’s family child care providers varies widely. FCCP was designed to address the barriers and limitations to family child care providers receiving regular, specialized training opportunities and professionalization experiences. FCCP is the result of a partnership between the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) and Auburn University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

FCCP has been in operation since April, 2000, after 24 mentors were hired, trained, and began statewide recruiting of family child care providers into the program. In the 2 years since mentoring activities began, over 200 providers have participated in the program.