Resource category : Publication

Including Family Child Care in State and
City-funded Pre-K Systems: Opportunities
and Challenges

Virtually all states use a variety of settings to operate center-based pre-K, often making extensive use of child care or Head Start classrooms in addition to public schools. About half of the pre-K programs in 24 states allowed Family Child Care homes (FCCs) to receive state pre-K dollars either directly from the state or through subcontracting. This report examines the policies and provision of state-funded pre-K in FCCs in these 24 states and in four large cities: Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Seattle. This is followed by a discussion of the potential opportunities and challenges derived from an analysis of current state policies and the FCC literature base. Recommendations are provided for state or city leaders considering inclusion of FCCs in their pre-K programs.

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Supporting and Strengthening FFN Care

Half of all families whose children who are in non-parental care choose and use family, friend and neighbor (FFN) child care, and yet this is the least supported aspect of the child care and early learning sector. Read Home Grown’s recommendations for supporting and strengthening FFN care, providing critical support for children, families and caregivers.

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Responding to COVID-19: HBCC Emergency Fund

In April 2020, Home Grown and its members created the Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) Emergency Fund) with $1.2 million in funding to catalyze the development of regional funds that provide direct financial support to home-based child care (HBCC) providers, including both regulated family child care (FCC) providers and family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers across the nation. This report contains the final data of the findings.

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Promising Practices in Policy for Home-Based Child Care

This report provides an overview of policies across all 50 states plus the District of Columbia related to home-based child care (HBCC). The document includes an overview of policies related to state definitions and regulations, licensing and subsidy, external systems and funding.

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Home-Based Child Care Fact Sheet

View our Fact Sheet for an introduction to who qualifies as a home-based child care provider in the US, the challenges providers face in light of COVID-19, and for our recommendations for how to support providers.

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