Understanding Features of Quality in Home-Based Child Care That Are Often Overlooked in Research and Policy

Understanding Features of Quality in Home-Based Child Care That Are Often Overlooked in Research and Policy

Published: May 31, 2022
Publisher: Mathematica and Erikson Institute
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Home Based Child Care Supply and Quality

Time frame: 2019-2024

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

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Jaimie Orland

Juliet Bromer

Toni Porter

Marina Ragonese-Barnes

The Home-Based Child Care (HBCC) Supply and Quality project recognizes that HBCC is an essential sector of the child care and early education (CCEE) field on which many families rely. Yet lack of attention to and investment in HBCC has left many unanswered questions about what quality care looks like and how best to support these settings. This project brief explores key features of quality in HBCC that are often overlooked and can help policymakers, CCEE program administrators, staff working with HBCC providers in state systems and community initiatives, and researchers to understand those features and how they might contribute to child and family outcomes.

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