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Brenda Campbell

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.

Policy Matters: Home-Based Providers Take Our Case to the Statehouse

Learn how Home Grown's Policy Work Group is working to help inform and shape policies that support home-based child care providers.

Federal Rules Changes Offer Opportunities to Better Include Family Child Care in Head Start

Home Grown shares our recommendations to ensure that family child care (FCC) providers, who constitute a vital part of the Head Start workforce, can share in the benefits of the changes proposed by the Administration for the Head Start workforce and help meet the need for high-quality, accessible and affordable early care and education.

Looking Ahead to 2024: Finding Hope and Taking Action in an Uncertain Year 

At Home Grown, we are looking at the year ahead of us and are hopeful for the future of home-based child care and the work we are doing to improve the sector. Learn more about what we're hopeful for from 2023 and what we'll be working toward in 2024.

A Home Grown Holiday Wish List

This season of giving, please join us in asking policymakers to support legislation that provides kids and caregivers with gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. This blog highlights the top five things on Home Grown’s holiday wish list.
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Home Grown Endorses the Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act Introduced in the United States Senate by Senator Bob Casey (PA)

Home Grown is proud to endorse the Child Care Nutrition Enhancement Act in both the U.S. House and now the U.S. Senate. We look forward to working with Members of Congress to help accomplish our shared goal of keeping our kids fed.
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We’re Grateful for Our Child Care Heroes!

This Thanksgiving, Home Grown is sharing gratitude for the home-based child care providers who keep America working.

Home Grown Endorses the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act

Home Grown is proud to endorse the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act in the U.S. House. We look forward to working with Members of Congress to help accomplish our shared goal of keeping our kids fed. Read our full statement.

Home Grown Applauds the Biden Administration’s Request for $16 Billion in Additional Funding for Child Care

Home Grown applauds the Administration for submitting to Congress the request for much-needed resources to keep child care providers afloat, and urges Congress to pass this much-needed aid quickly. Read our full statement.
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How I Found My Calling in Child Care and Training Hispanic Parents in the State of Minnesota

Faviola Martínez de Estrada is the co-founder of La Red Latina de Educación Temprana. In this blog she shares her experience as a family, friend and neighbor caregiver and Latinx immigrant.

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.