What is Home-Based Child Care?

Home-based child care (HBCC) includes a range of providers, from licensed providers operating small businesses in their homes through care provided by family, friends, and neighbors, all providing a vital service to their communities.

Nationwide, more infants and toddlers are cared for in HBCC than in center-based care.

The Challenge

HBCC providers often do not receive the recognition, resources, and support they need to provide the highest quality care. Federal, state, and local policies are often not supportive of HBCC providers, and in recent years, the number of HBCC providers in the United States has declined.

The Opportunity

Millions of parents choose HBCC for their infants and toddlers because it is often closer to home, more affordable, and more flexible than child care centers. HBCC has the opportunity to be an equalizer for children with fewer opportunities during a critical time in their cognitive, language, social-emotional, and physical development.

Close to Home

HBCC provider Adrienne Briggs owns and operates the successful Lil’ Bits Family Child Care Home in Philadelphia, PA. Learn more about Adrienne and her program.

Investment Highlight

Pritzker Children’s Initiative The Pritzker Children’s Initiative supports the work of organizations that make the case for policies and programs that impact the lives of infants and toddlers. To learn more, visit pritzkerchildrensinitiative.org.