Home-based child care 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. Our Fact Sheet is an introduction to who qualifies as a home based child care provider in the United States, the challenges providers face in light of COVID-19, and Home Grown’s recommendations for how to ensure home based providers receive the resources and support they need to continue caring for the majority of families in the United States.
Stabilizing the Economic Well-Being of Family, Friend Neighbor Providers
FFN care is one of the most used forms of child care for young children and reliance on this care increased during the pandemic. Greater attention to, inclusion of, and support for FFN caregivers is an urgent priority.
New Report Provides Data, Illuminates Opportunities and Challenges for Home-based Pre-K Providers
A recently released report from Home Grown and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) provides critical state and city data on the current integration of Family Child Care (FCC) providers in publicly-funded pre-K. Titled Including Family Child Care in State and City-Funded Pre-K Systems: Opportunities and Challenges, it also examines perceived opportunities and challenges with FCC participation in pre-K. Home Grown believes that Family Child Care providers contribute a vital service, often in under-served communities, and are deserving of the opportunity to access public pre-K funding to further nurture and teach the children in their care.