Home-Based Child Care
Strong Foundations For Our Youngest Children

Home-Based Child Care

More children, including infants and toddlers, are cared for in home-based settings than in centers. These include Family Child Care and Family, Friend, and Neighbor options. Home-based settings offer many advantages for families such as cultural and linguistic affinity, non-standard work hour availability, care for mixed-age/sibling groups, and a home-like environment. In addition, home-based child care meets the needs of many low-income families who often work shift, hourly, or “gig” economy jobs. 
 
BUILD Wants to Hear from States and Communities
BUILD wants to hear from more states and communities on their innovative approaches to Family Child Care Networks, resources, and/or supports. Please share a known FCC network, resource, or support here.

Expanding on BUILD’s earlier library of resources for supporting quality family child care, we have listed new resources below. We will share additional resources as they become available. 

Webinar Series
BUILD is hosting a webinar and discussion series, Home-Based Child Care: Rising to the Challenge and the Lasting Infrastructure Needed to Support Providers. Further context for this series is the new and increased stress and regulations the child care industry is under as it faces an uncertain future, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Home-based child care (HBCC), which has seen a decline in numbers in many states, is poised to play a pivotal role in the near future. HBCC is the answer as families seek care in a home-like setting with small group sizes, increased health and safety regulations, consistent caregiving relationships, and opportunities to support child growth and development. Many states have struggled with how best to support home-based child care under the best of circumstances, let alone during this difficult time. Supporting HBCC seems an especially timely issue as state leaders are currently establishing funding priorities within their states. Learn more about the series here.

Key Family Child Care Resources