The Government Accountability Office on Child Care Networks

  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines the federal Child Care and Development Fund and its efficacy at increasing access to quality child care for low-income families.  The fund supports 142 family childcare networks, primarily through coaching, training, and peer-to-peer networking opportunities for childcare providers at the community level.  Most of these are licensed providers, though many of the networks serve license-exempt family, friend, and neighbor providers.  Earlier this year, the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services recommended creation of a Childcare Shortage Area designation similar to the Health Professions Shortage Area designation.