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Investments in Child Care and the Federal Food Program Are Essential Ingredients in Home-Based Child Care’s Kitchen Economy

In October child care providers will hit the hard reality of rising food costs and lower reimbursements. The new CACFP bill includes key provisions that advocates have long requested, and could be the difference between kids being hungry and healthy.

We Need Your Help to Feed Kids in Child Care!

Without quick passage of the Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act, we will undoubtedly see an increase in young children and even providers themselves going to bed hungry.

Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act

Home Grown is proud to endorse the Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act. We look forward to working with Members of Congress to help accomplish our shared goal of keeping our kids fed.
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Parents Choose Quality When They Use Family, Friend and Neighbor Care

This blog dives into the value of family, friend and neighbor care for parents and children around the U.S. while calling for inclusion of FFN care in policy, resources and supports.

Grandparents are Holding the Fort as Childcare Providers, But They’re Breaking

Jessica Stone was pregnant with her second child when her marriage disintegrated. Jessica suddenly found herself in a child care crisis: her marriage had ended, she needed to go back to work, and she couldn’t afford (or find) childcare for two young children. Distraught and desperate, Jessica turned to the people who couldn’t say no: her own mom and dad.

Holistic Compensation Approaches Prioritize Benefits Access

Home Grown believes that to reform our child care system there should be holistic compensation approaches for providers that include fair wages, access health care retirement, nutrition assistance, housing support, paid leave, loan forgiveness and others.

Who Cares for the Caregivers: Insights from Providers’ Experience with Health Care

Early educators are far more likely to be uninsured than their counterparts in the K-12 system. This blog profiles the challenges that home-based child care providers face around the unpredictability of health care costs.
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Investment in Food, Nutrition in Child Care and Head Start Lapses, 56 National Organizations Urge Congress to Act Now

Home Grown is among 56 national organizations urging Congress to extend the Keep Kids Fed Act (KKFA) meal reimbursement increases for an additional year to help child care providers and schools feed children over the summer and during the upcoming school year. We urge Congress to act now.
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William Penn Foundation Underwrites Continuity and Stability for Philly Child Care Providers

Quality Influential Professionals (QIP), is a a child care network of more than 80 licensed home-based providers in Philadelphia. QIP was recently granted a sizable investment from the William Penn Foundation to support home-based child care providers and ensure families can keep choosing home-based care.
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New Changes in CACFP Affecting Family Child Care Providers Effective July 1, 2023

Essential provisions in the Keep Kids Fed Act are set to expire on June 30, 2023. Without an extension of these provisions, we will see an increase in young children and providers going hungry.
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Diving into the Data: How Data Can Shift the Narrative for Home-based Child Care

When Home Grown launched four years ago, there was little data around home-based child care. Today we celebrate the current interest and investment in researching home-based care and look toward how data can shift the narrative in the future.
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Home Grown’s Statement on the Child Care for Working Families Act

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) reintroduced the Child Care for Working Families Act (CCWFA). Home Grown endorses this historic legislation that would make long overdue and much-needed investments in our nation’s child care system. Read our full statement inside.