Building Capacity to Support School-Age Children in Home-Based Child Care

Home-based child care (HBCC) has always been an important part of the child care supply for families of school-age children. HBCC is often a more flexible and affordable type of care, is more available in rural areas, and can support working parents with nontraditional hours. HBCC is used to describe any non-parental child care that takes place in a home, including licensed and license-exempt family child care (FCC) programs and family, friend, and neighbor care (FFN).

This practice brief will explore challenges and promising practices to support school-age children in accessing high-quality experiences in home-based care. Supporting HBCC has become increasingly important during the pandemic, as families rely more on this type of care, often for more hours per day and with the additional need to gain knowledge and resources to help children engaged in distance learning.

This document is available in Spanish.

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