Innovations in Family, Friend, and Neighbor Care

The Packard Foundation’s Children, Families, and Communities program launched our Informal Care strategy in 2014, and since then we have been learning from two cohorts of grantees who are testing approaches to improving the quality of care that Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) caregivers provide. We have learned a lot and are making slight adjustments for the road ahead. Engage R+D has conducted an evaluation into the second cohort of FFN grants (BANANAS, Community Resources for Children, Go Kids, Inc., Placer County Office of Education, and Visión y Compromiso) that offers new insights about reaching and supporting FFN caregivers. This brief explores the new lessons learned from that evaluation, including that when reaching out to FFN caregivers, (1) organizations must understand their target population and target their outreach accordingly; (2) trained mentors can be powerful partners in delivering programming; and (3) ongoing participation results in increased confidence among FFN caregivers.

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Authors: Engage R+D

Geography: California

Resource Types: Evaluation