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FFN Statistics

How many people provide family, friend and neighbor child care?

An estimated 150,000 households in Minnesota provide child care for children from birth to age 12 for family, friends or neighbors.

An estimated 46 percent of Minnesota families use family, friend and neighbor care as their primary care arrangement.

More than half (52 percent) of these caregivers are the children’s grandparents, including 8 percent who are grandfathers. Sixteen percent are friends of the families, 15 percent are aunts or uncles, 6 percent are other relatives, 9 percent are neighbors, and 3 percent are nannies.