Stabilization Fund Strategies: Using Federal Child Care Funds to Reach Home-Based Child Care Providers

Home-based child care (HBCC) is an essential element of the early childhood education landscape and has been an active participant in the provision of child care since the onset of the pandemic. HBCC providers include licensed family child care, family child care that might be exempt from licensure in your state, as well as license-exempt family, friend and neighbor providers.  

Given the critical role that HBCC providers play, and the challenges they currently face, it is essential that we focus resources on HBCC providers and move quickly to meet their needs.  The pandemic has impacted HBCC providers both personally and professionally. Most HBCC providers are sole operators, both caring for children and running their business.  This one person needs to balance education, business management, and daily facility cleaning, and as a result they are often stretched thin under even the best of circumstances. 

We also recommend reading our supplementary CCDF Policy and Investment Recommendations for States resource which offers ideas and suggestions for states to consider as they prioritize stabilizing the supply of HBCC .

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Special Series: Navigating the Stimulus from Gary Romano of Civitas Strategies

The strain it has put on all of you is only matched by the strain it has put on your businesses, pushing you to the breaking point in many cases. The good news is that much needed help has arrived. A new stimulus bill was signed on December 27th, 2020. There are some familiar programs like the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as well as some old ones that are being implemented in new ways, like the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).
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Home-Based Child Care Providers Need Improved Access to Federal Loans Now

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