Quality Care for Children

COVID-19 Impact

A NAEYC survey reported in April 2020 that 61% of child care programs were completely closed in Georgia. Of providers who are still open, 85% were operating at less than 25% capacity.

Emergency Fund

Quality Care for Children will be able to increase their resources to support family child care providers as part of the PAACT Fund for Quality Stabilization, a city-wide alliance focused on improving outcomes for birth to age five populations in Atlanta. To ensure the network of family child care homes for low-income families have the financial resources they need to weather the crisis and reopen, they are providing 30-40 providers grants of $6,000-$8,000.

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.