About Us

Home Grown is a national collaborative of funders committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care.

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 four pillars in which to focus and fund efforts: policy, movement building, infrastructure and financing, and quality. 

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Policy

Support, scale, and foster the enabling environment for quality, accessible, sustainable, and equitable HBCC.

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Movement Building

Shift public perception to ensure that policy makers, advocates, and the public recognize HBCC’s value to children, families and communities.

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Infrastructure and Financing

Ensure that HBCC providers and families are supported by durable infrastructure, including networks, and sustainable financing that promotes economic stability.

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Quality

Advance and articulate quality in HBCC through core practices, innovation, and measurement.

Home Grown Members

The collaborative is backed by:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Our Team

Natalie Renew

Natalie Renew

Executive Director

Karen Tylek

Karen Tylek

Director of Program Operations

Alexandra Patterson

Alexandra Patterson

Director of Policy and Strategy

Venette Pierre

Venette Pierre

Communications Manager

Jennifer Newball

Jennifer Newball

Community Outreach Manager

Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson

Provider in Residence

Provider Advisors

Adrienne Briggs, Lil’ Bits Family Child Care Home, Philadelphia, PA

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