Our Mission and Vision
The mission of Home Grown is to increase access to and the quality of home-based child care.
Home Grown envisions a country in which all children have the care they need to reach their full potential (cognitive, social, emotional, health and wellness). Providers offer quality child care and parents have equitable access to quality child care for their children.
To achieve this vision, Home Grown will remove policy barriers, strengthen home-based child care practices and business models, and support the growth and recognition of the sector so that all providers offer quality care and parents choose quality care.
Pillars of Our Work
Home Grown has identified five pillars in which to focus and fund efforts: core practices, innovation, measurement, policy, and movement building.
We recognize that a large body of science exists that explains how young children grow and learn and the opportunity of early learning systems to support early development. From that foundation and knowledge, we assert that:
Providers & Caregivers Matter
Home-based providers and caregivers are recognized for their contributions to children and families. They receive customized support that meets their needs.
Quality practices ensure that children are developmentally on target and prepared for academic and social success. We can define and measure these impacts.
Communities & Culture Matters
Quality child care arrangements ensure children are safe and healthy, they offer rich learning experiences and enable positive, supportive and responsive caregiving.
Home Grown Members
The collaborative is backed by:
Pritzker Children’s Initiative
Gary Community Investments
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Ralph C. Wilson Foundation
Adrienne Briggs, Lil’ Bits Family Child Care Home, Philadelphia, PA
Christina Nelson, Mountain View Child Care, North Troy, VT
Gladys Jones, GaGa Daycare, Staten Island, NY
Hayley Wise, A Wise Choice, San Mateo, CA
Melody Robinson, Parent’s Helper Nature School, Oak Park, IL
Ruth Evangelista, La Red de Educación Temprana, Bloomington, MN
Yasmine Avila, Little Scholars Daycare, East Haven, CT