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Natalie Renew

Executive Director

Natalie Renew is the Executive Director of Home Grown, a national initiative committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care. She is an early childhood professional with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and social service sector supporting children and families furthest from opportunity.

Articles by Natalie Renew


Making Progress Through a Complex Issue: Imagining a New Family Child Care Licensing Approach

This family child care recommendation report provides in-depth insight into the challenges providers face in current family child care state licensing systems and recommended solutions to help design system reform using FCC provider perspectives and expertise.

Federal Rules Changes Offer Opportunities to Better Include Family Child Care in Head Start

Home Grown shares our recommendations to ensure that family child care (FCC) providers, who constitute a vital part of the Head Start workforce, can share in the benefits of the changes proposed by the Administration for the Head Start workforce and help meet the need for high-quality, accessible and affordable early care and education.

Looking Ahead to 2024: Finding Hope and Taking Action in an Uncertain Year 

At Home Grown, we are looking at the year ahead of us and are hopeful for the future of home-based child care and the work we are doing to improve the sector. Learn more about what we're hopeful for from 2023 and what we'll be working toward in 2024.

Holistic Compensation Approaches Prioritize Benefits Access

Home Grown believes that to reform our child care system there should be holistic compensation approaches for providers that include fair wages, access health care retirement, nutrition assistance, housing support, paid leave, loan forgiveness and others.
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Diving into the Data: How Data Can Shift the Narrative for Home-based Child Care

When Home Grown launched four years ago, there was little data around home-based child care. Today we celebrate the current interest and investment in researching home-based care and look toward how data can shift the narrative in the future.
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A Look Back at Home-based Child Care in 2022 and Our Hope for 2023

Home Grown looks back at the major events in home-based child care in 2022 and shares hopes for the sector's future in 2023.

Home Grown Is Growing Up: We Are Three!

Celebrating three years as an organization, we share highlights of the organization's model for innovation and replication that has positively impacted child care across the nation.

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

Learn more about the U.S. DHHS's Administration for Children and Families' September 2022 Notices of Funding Opportunities and how they will affect the home-based child care sector.

Home Grown Celebrates the Introduction of the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act

Read Home Grown's statement on the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act and the proposed investments in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
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Stabilizing the Economic Well-Being of Family, Friend Neighbor Providers

Greater attention to, inclusion of, and support for Family Friend and Neighbor caregivers is an urgent priority to ensure economic stabilization. 

Valuing and Including FFN Care in Early Childhood Systems

With new federal investments, now is the time to make our system more inclusive and equitable by including FFN caregivers in child care financing and quality improvement programs.

Pandemic Prompts Oklahoma Policymakers to Expand Access to Child Care

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the George Kaiser Family Foundation created to support essential workers in qualifying and paying their relatives for in-home child care.

Home-Based Child Care Providers Need Improved Access to Federal Loans Now

Home Grown’s program succeeded in helping some home-based providers access PPP funds, but many were shut out of this public funding in a time of crisis.
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Turning Home for the Holidays: The Importance of Investing in In-Home Child Care

We must make sure working families can find safe, affordable, accessible child care, and we need not look farther than our homes.
Diane Gardner, Licensed Family Child Care Provider in Philadelphia PA

Enhancing Comprehensive Services in Family Child Care with Early Head Start Partnerships

New attention and funding are needed to ensure that home-based child care providers can remain open and provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Aunt Bees of America

Sen. Elizabeth Warren spoke about the critical role informal, home-based child care played in her life, speaking specifically about her Aunt Bee, who helped raise her children.