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Implementing Benchmarks for High- Quality HBCC Networks: Findings from a National Survey of HBCC Networks

Comprehensive Services, Equity (language, culture, race), Family Child Care (FCC), Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN), Finances, Sustainability & Compensation, Networks, Provider Well-Being, Publication, Quality, Research & Evaluation
This report includes findings from a national survey of networks about how HBCC networks address the benchmarks and indicators for high-quality.

How I Learned to Be a Child Care Leader

Family Child Care (FCC), Leadership
Catrice Sida, a home-based child care provider leader, shares her journey on becoming a provider leader.

If I can, You Can

Family Child Care (FCC), Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN), Leadership
Gisela Sance shares how the Leading from Home program has given me her opportunities to expand her network, access new resources, and raise awareness for child care.

Network Benchmarks and Indicators Resource Collection

Family Child Care (FCC), Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN), Networks, Publication, Research & Evaluation, Resource Page
Explore this collection of resources on the network benchmarks and indicators, including the framework, national survey results, and focus group findings

Promising Practices for High-Quality Home-Based Child Care Networks: Focus Group Briefs

Equity (language, culture, race), Family Child Care (FCC), Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN), Leadership, Networks, Publication
This series of briefs draws from multiple focus groups of providers and network leaders to examine values, services, and implementation practices of home-based child care networks.

Home Grown Endorses the Early Childhood Nutrition Improvement Act Introduced in the US Senate by Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

CACFP & Hunger, Family Child Care (FCC), Policy
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.

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

Equity (language, culture, race), Family Child Care (FCC), Finances, Sustainability & Compensation
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)

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

Growing Up Vulnerable: Books that Celebrate the Village That Raises Our Children

Family Child Care (FCC), Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN)
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.

Celebrating Black home-based providers and their continuing legacy of communal care in their communities

Equity (language, culture, race), Provider Well-Being
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

Family Child Care (FCC), Policy
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

Family Child Care (FCC), Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN), Leadership, Policy
Learn how Home Grown's Policy Work Group is working to help inform and shape policies that support home-based child care providers.