Northland Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Project

Are you caring for the young children of a family member, friend, or neighbor? This is for you!

People who are “Informal”, unlicensed child care providers play an important part in helping children grow, learn, and be ready for school.

Through this project, FFN providers in northeast Minnesota sites are encouraged to get FREE resources and attend FREE Play & Learn events.

Who Are FFN Child
Care Providers?

Many young children are cared for by Family Members, Friends, or Neighbors (FFN) while parents work or go to school. FFN providers might be:

  • Grandparents
  • Friends of the Family
  • Neighbors in the Community
  • Aunts or Uncles
  • Older Sisters or Brothers

What Can FFN
Providers Receive?

Find and call or email the partner site nearest to you, or contact the Northland Foundation (see map, below) for free information and resources:

  • Sign up for a Play & Learn event
  • Receive free learning materials, books, & toys
  • Find out about nutrition, CPR and first aid, activities, and more
  • Help the children you care for be ready for school
  • Learn about other services and supports

What Are
Play & Learns?

Play & Learns are FREE get-togethers for FFN providers, often with the children they are caring for. You can socialize AND learn in a fun setting. It might include:

  • Make-and-Take activities
  • Information on topics like child development, safety, story time, healthy eating, and play
  • Connections to community resources and services
  • Learning about Legal Non-licensed status and Child Care Assistance
  • Books and other materials to take home and keep

Find FFN support in your community

Use this map to locate partner sites where you can find out more, sign up for Play & Learns, and get other resources.

Itasca County Koochiching County Cook County Lake County Aitkin County Iron Range Quad Cities East Range Duluth Area Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Carlton County

Aitkin Public Schools ISD #1


Cook County Public Health and Human Services


Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative


Duluth Public Library


Duluth Public Schools ISD #709 ECFE

218-336-8700 x 2828

Duluth Area Family YMCA


Duluth Children's Museum


Mesabi East Schools


Fond du Lac Head Start


Invest Early/Itasca Area School Collaborative


Rock Ridge Public Schools ISD #2909


United Way of Northeastern MN


Other project partners include Child Care Aware of Minnesota - Northeast District, Center for Inclusive Child Care and County and Tribal Child Care Licensors.

Find more FFN resources from the State of Minnesota at

The Family, Friend, and Neighbor Child Care Project is funded by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services and a grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

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