A National Portrait of Unlisted Home-Based Child Care Providers: Caregiving Histories, Motivations, and Professional Engagement
- Almost a quarter of unlisted, paid providers indicated that they see caring for children as related to their career and demonstrated a commitment to providing child care and early education (CCEE).
- Fewer unlisted, unpaid providers reported participating in professional development activities relative to other home-based child care (HBCC) providers, although some reported access to a network of other providers.
Home-based child care (HBCC) providers—those who provide at-home, nonparental child care—include listed providers, and unlisted providers who do and do not receive payment. Unlisted providers make up 94 percent of the HBCC provider workforce and serve more than 98 percent of all children who receive care in HBCC settings. Yet, research on HBCC lags behind research on center-based child care and early education (CCEE), and the least is known about unlisted providers.
A series of four analysis briefs uses infographics to present a national portrait of unlisted HBCC providers from the 2019 National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). The findings can be used to inform supports for unlisted HBCC providers, to guide outreach and engagement of HBCC providers, and to shape future research to better understand unlisted HBCC providers. This brief focuses on unlisted providers’ caregiving histories, motivations, and recent experiences with professional supports.