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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Advancing a Coherent and Sustainable System

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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.