Federal Policy: Recommendations to Support Home-Based Child Care

Any effort to ensure equitable access to child care must include home-based child care providers, both
licensed and unlicensed. Federal investments in child care must prioritize increasing the quality of and access
to home-based child care.

The home-based child care sector needs dedicated, additional funding that:

  1. Increases reimbursement for providers to sustain their operations and serve more families, and
  2. Builds essential infrastructure for them in the form of networks.

Timing is Everything: Enhancing Comprehensive Services in Family Child Care with Early Head Start Partnerships

During the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based child care (HBCC) has remained open, struggling to respond to increased child and family needs and new health, safety, and business challenges. Meeting the physical, mental, social, and economic needs of children, families, and providers has never been more pressing; new attention and funding are needed to ensure that home-based providers can fully participate in and support access to these critical services.

The Aunt Bees of America

During her convention speech last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren, sitting in a now closed child care center, spoke about the critical role informal, home-based child care played in her story. She spoke about her Aunt Bee, who stepped in to take care of Warren’s children when she was juggling a full-time teaching job in Texas.

Wisconsin Early Childhood Association