Blogs and Articles

How La Red Latina de Educación Temprana Supports the Mental Health of Children and Their Caregivers

At the start of the pandemic in 2020, community needs shifted. While the well-being of children remained a priority, the team at La Red saw the impact that COVID-19 was having on the mental health of not only the children but also on their parents and providers.
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Stabilizing the Economic Well-Being of Family, Friend Neighbor Providers

FFN care is one of the most used forms of child care for young children and reliance on this care increased during the pandemic. Greater attention to, inclusion of, and support for FFN caregivers is an urgent priority. 
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New Report Provides Data, Illuminates Opportunities and Challenges for Home-based Pre-K Providers

A recently released report from Home Grown and the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) provides critical state and city data on the current integration of Family Child Care (FCC) providers in publicly-funded pre-K. Titled Including Family Child Care in State and City-Funded Pre-K Systems: Opportunities and Challenges, it also examines perceived opportunities and challenges with FCC participation in pre-K. Home Grown believes that Family Child Care providers contribute a vital service, often in under-served communities, and are deserving of the opportunity to access public pre-K funding to further nurture and teach the children in their care.
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Building Child Care Infrastructure through Comprehensive Networks

Home Grown recently launched our Building Comprehensive Networks initiative to provide resources and support to states, counties, cities, and tribes interested in building comprehensive networks as durable, publicly-funded infrastructure. Together we look to build better networks to support home-based child care providers and the children and families who rely upon it. 
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Advancing a Coherent and Sustainable System

As states work to allocate American Rescue Plan funds, Home Grown recognizes the need to continue to champion the stabilization and lasting investment in the child care sector, and home-based child care, in particular. 
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Introducing the Leading from Home Provider Leaders

Home Grown is pleased to introduce the cohort of incredible provider leaders in our Leading from Home initiative. Home Grown created Leading from Home with the belief that it is critical to engage providers and parents in policy change and to support the leadership of providers and their ability to influence policy and systems.
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Supporting HBCC Providers through CACFP

Home Grown partnered with the Urban Institute and Child Trends to look at the CACFP and opportunities for home-based child care provider participation. The two reports present overlaps in their findings and recommendations, including the importance of building relationships, cross-system collaboration, and centering the realities of HBCC providers and caregivers
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Valuing and Including FFN Care in Early Childhood Systems

As we collectively see, learn, and support FFN caregivers, we will better value and include these essential caregivers and the children and families they serve in early childhood systems. With new federal investments, now is the time to embark on this journey to make our system more inclusive and equitable.
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Special Series: The PPP Extension and Home-Based Child Care By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

The application for a first time PPP is straightforward and forgiveness--the process of removing the debt so you can keep the funds--is easier than ever. The PPP deadline has been extended until May 31, 2021.
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Special Series: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Leave provides home-based child care providers with the opportunity to receive funds that can support them with expenses needed to run their organizations. There are two programs through which home-based child care providers can provide this leave.
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HBCC Across the 50 States: Policy Scan Findings

Each state sets its own regulations for child care, including everything from licensing requirements to subsidy rates. This 50 state policy scan of data illuminates these differences and highlights some trends.
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Special Series: EIDL vs Targeted EIDL: What’s the difference? By Gary Romano Civitas Strategies

On December 27, 2020 a new program was approved that builds off the EIDL, called the Targeted EIDL. Targeted EIDL is intended to help level the playing field and compensate for some of the inequities of the EIDL advance last spring and accordingly is limited to specific communities.