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 .

How La Red Latina de Educación Temprana Supports the Mental Health of Children and Their Caregivers

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, community needs shifted. While the well-being of children remained a priority, the team at La Red saw the impact that COVID-19 was having on the mental health of not only the children but also on their parents and providers.
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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. 
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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.