Operating a family child care home is a rewarding career but sometimes restrictions in leases, Home Owners Associations (HOA) covenants, and local zoning laws have forced family child care providers to close or move to communities without these restrictions. This is bad for the provider’s business, and it significantly limits families’ access to child care in their own neighborhoods.

Many of these restrictions are based on misunderstandings about what family child care is. Maryland Family Network has prepared Living with Family Child Care to help you persuade and inform landlords, HOAs, local zoning boards and others about the benefits of family child care.