Comprehensive Services in Home-Based Child Care

In an economy hobbled by COVID-19, Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) is one of the few services left standing. Ensconced within every neighborhood in the country and trusted by diverse families, HBCC is ideally positioned to ramp up to respond to the complex and multiple needs that families are now experiencing. HBCC already provides education and care for young children and referrals for health and social services to the families of those children. With funding, planning, and implementation support, HBCC can expand its service complement to include comprehensive services for children and their families.

COVID-19 has made the need for comprehensive services – long offered through the Head Start and Early Head Start service models – more pressing. Now is the time to use the HBCC structure to scale the effective, two- generational approach embodied in comprehensive service delivery.

In this paper, we refer to comprehensive services broadly to define a variety of supports that children, families and providers need in order to thrive, particularly physical and mental health services, nutrition, emotional supports, social and economic support and disabilities services. We outline several examples of comprehensive support programs within the Head Start/Early Head Start program and in other early learning approaches.

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Introducing the Leading from Home Provider Leaders

Home Grown is pleased to introduce the cohort of incredible provider leaders in our Leading from Home initiative. The Leading from Home initiative launched in February 2021 with the goal of identifying and supporting provider leaders leading grassroot networks in their communities. Home Grown created Leading from Home with the belief that it is critical to engage providers and parents in policy change and to support the leadership of providers and their ability to influence policy and systems.
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Supporting and Strengthening FFN Care

Half of all families whose children who are in non-parental care choose and use family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child care, and yet this is the least supported aspect of the child care and early learning sector. Read Home Grown's recommendations for supporting and strengthening FFN care, providing critical support for children, families and caregivers.
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Supporting HBCC Providers through CACFP

Home Grown recently partnered with the Urban Institute and Child Trends to take a closer look at the CACFP and opportunities for home-based child care provider participation. The two resulting reports present interesting overlaps in their findings and recommendations, including the importance of building relationships, cross-system collaboration, and centering the realities of HBCC providers and caregivers