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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Valuing and Including FFN Care in Early Childhood Systems

As we collectively see, learn, and support FFN caregivers, we will better value and include these essential caregivers and the children and families they serve in early childhood systems. With new federal investments, now is the time to embark on this journey to make our system more inclusive and equitable.
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Special Series: The PPP Extension and Home-Based Child Care By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

If you haven’t received a PPP, it is a great time to get in on the program before it ends. The application for a first time PPP is straightforward and forgiveness (the process of removing the debt so you can keep the funds) is easier than ever. The PPP deadline has been extending until May 31, 2021.
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Special Series: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave provides home-based child care providers with the opportunity to receive funds that can support them with expenses needed to run their organizations. There are two programs through which home-based child care providers can provide this leave: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA).