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 five pillars in which to focus and fund efforts: core practices, innovation, measurement, policy, and movement building. 

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Core Practices

Identify, test, and scale activities that improve quality, access, sustainability, and equity for providers and their supporting infrastructures.

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Policy

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

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Innovation

Use innovative strategies to develop new practices and programs that improve home-based care and are co-designed with parents and providers

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Measurement

Collate metrics from across the sector to share with the broader HBCC sector, and to set targets and assess progress for this collaborative.

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Movement Building

Ensure that policy makers, advocates, program operators and the public know what HBCC is, and recognize its value to children, families and communities.

Investing Principles

The members of Home Grown are collaborating to strategically invest in innovative approaches and scale what works in order to drive the most change as quickly as possible.

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.

Outcomes Matter

Quality practices ensure that children are developmentally on target and prepared for academic and social success. We can define and measure these impacts.

Relationships Matter

Reciprocal, caring relationships between the child and caregiver create the opportunity for impact. Child-child and caregiver-parent relationships are also critical elements of children’s growth and development.

Parents Matter

Quality reflects what parents value; parents and providers co-develop and validate learning and caring approaches. Satisfied parents are a key indicator of provider and caregiver success.

Access Matters

Families can depend on predictable and stable care that is convenient and meets their needs.

Affordability Matters

Parents can afford care and access subsidies, ensuring their child benefits from early learning.

Communities & 
Culture Matters

Child rearing and early learning practices value and honor what communities care about most.

Quality 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:

Heinz Endowments

Pritzker Children’s Initiative

Gary Community Investments

Our Staff

Natalie Renew

Natalie Renew

Director

Karen Tylek

Karen Tylek

Program Manager