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Home Grown Is Growing Up: We Are Three!

This month Home Grown celebrates three years of creating and funding crucial supports for home-based child care. Launched in October, 2019, the organization’s collaborative model for innovation and replication has generated life-changing programs and policy initiatives for providers, families, and children across the nation. Collaboration Sustains Momentum  Unlike most “big bets”—high-risk, high-reward initiatives backed by

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How My Latinx Heritage Informs the Work I Do

I am a product of a family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregiver. Both of my parents came to the United States escaping war in their home country of Nicaragua. While they were both educated in their respective countries, when they came to the U.S. they had to work any job that they could find to

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Thriving Providers Project In the Spotlight

Home Grown’s Thriving Providers Project (TPP) is garnering national attention. Launched this summer in Colorado and coming soon in Nashville, Tennessee and other communities, TPP will send monthly, unconditional cash payments to home-based providers for at least one year. This project hopes to inform early childhood payment system policy reforms at the local and national

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New Federal PDG B-5 Funding: An Opportunity to Expand Programs and Systems Support for Home-Based Child Care

On September 10, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families issued two Notices of Funding Opportunities for the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Renewal Grant (HHS-2022-ACF-OCC-TP-0180) and the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG B-5) Planning Grant (HHS-2022-ACF-OCC-TP-0001). These combined opportunities will offer $266

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A Look at the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act 

Home-based child care providers care for more than 12 million children under the age of 13, including 6.4 million children ages 0-5.  A significant portion of these children are experiencing hunger: 23% of families with young children experienced hunger in February 2022 and among lower-income families, that number climbs to ​a staggering 45%. Sadly, the providers caring for

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Home Grown’s Response to the White House Student Loan Forgiveness Announcement

The Biden-Harris Administration’s announced student loan relief plan has the potential to significantly aid home-based providers and the early childhood workforce. Loan forgiveness lifts the burden of student debt from a workforce experiencing a great deal of material hardship, and represents progress towards restoring dignity and economic security to early childhood professionals. As federal and

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