Over seven million children from birth through age 5 receive child care in home-based child care (HBCC) settings, the most common form of nonparental child care in the United States. In its simplest form, HBCC is child care that is provided in a caregiver’s home by someone other than the child’s parent or primary caretaker. States and locales vary in the specific rules they set for regulation and/or licensing of these homes, including how many children a provider can care for without needing to be licensed.
Research shows that professional development can help child care providers improve the quality of care that they offer, potentially improving children’s outcomes. HBCC providers, however, often work alone and provide care outside of standard work hours, which can make it difficult for them to participate in traditional professional development trainings that happen outside of the home. These traditional trainings are also often developed for child care providers working in center-based settings and do not address the unique needs of HBCC providers. In addition, HBCC provider participation in state systems intended to support the quality of child care settings varies depending on state and local policies, as well as on outreach to support HBCC provider involvement.
SOURCE: Lloyd, C. Kane, M. Seok, D. Vega, C. “Examining the Feasibility of Using Home Visiting Models to Support Home-Based Child Care Providers.” Child Trends, September 2019.
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