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Home-based child care providers at a convening building community and learning about the latest updates in child care.

Equal Partners: Keys to Building Strong Funder Relationships With Home-Based Providers

Dawn Holden Woods shares some key advice for home-based child care provider leaders working with funders.

Creating Spaces Where Black Early Child Care Educators Feel Affirmed

The founders of Black Californians United for Early Care and Education (BlackECE) share how they create spaces of inclusion for Black early child care educators.

Rules Revisions for CACFP Offer Opportunities to Improve Program Accountability and Equity

The serious deficiency process is a tool used to help regulate CACFP but often subjects home-based child care providers unfairly to swift and harsh penalties.
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Child Care Insurance Is Expensive, Hard to Find, and Complex: One More Burden for Home-Based Providers

Home-based child care providers have to carry additional insurance for their businesses, but obtaining the coverage is not as straightforward — or affordable — as it could be.
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If I Can, You Can

Gisela Sance shares how the Leading from Home program has given her opportunities to expand her network, access new resources, and raise awareness for child care.

How I Learned to Be a Child Care Leader

Catrice Sida, a home-based child care provider leader, shares her journey on becoming a provider leader.
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Home Grown Endorses the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act Introduced in the US Senate by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Home Grown is proud to endorse the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and now in the U.S. Senate. We look forward to working with members of Congress to help accomplish our shared goal of keeping our kids fed.
Danielle Caldwell and her home-based child care program enjoying the outdoors.

Women Working in Home-based Child Care Are Experiencing the Worst of Pay Inequity

About 92% of child care workers and 97% of home-based child care providers are women. Child care is also one of the lowest compensated jobs in our country with median hourly wages at around $13 per hour. Together with the inspiring women who are home-based child care providers and caregivers, we use this month to call for adequate wages that reflect the value of the contributions of providers to young child development, family support, and local economies and communities.

Home Grown’s Statement on the Final Rule: Improving Child Care Access, Affordability, and Stability in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

Home Grown’s Statement on the Final Rule: Improving Child Care Access, Affordability, and Stability in the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)
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Growing Up Vulnerable: Books that Celebrate the Village That Raises Our Children

In honor of World Book Day. we are highlighting three books that recognize that children learn most from caring adults, including the family, friends and neighbors who are the village raising 11.5 million kids in America today.
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Celebrating Black home-based providers and their continuing legacy of communal care in their communities

This Black History Month, we're honoring Black home-based child care providers who don’t just provide care to children; their work holds up their communities, and in doing so, they continue a legacy of communal care for Black communities.

Home Grown’s Recommendations for the CCDF State/Territory Plan Preprint

Home Grown appreciates the work of the Biden-Harris Administration to revise the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) State/Territory Plan Preprint in support of greater access to high quality child care for children and families participating in CCDF. This blog contains our recommendations.