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Identifying practices and features of high-quality home-based child care networks: A review of the research evidence


This brief presents findings from a targeted literature review on home-based child care (HBCC) networks that support HBCC providers, including regulated family child care (FCC) providers, and/or family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) providers who are legally-exempt from regulation. The review was conducted to inform the development of the set of benchmarks and indicators for HBCC networks that are described in a companion brief (Erikson Institute & Home Grown, 2022). To align with the organizational structure of the benchmarks, this literature review presents evidence to support three broad categories of HBCC network practices that are hypothesized to be linked to positive outcomes for providers, children, and/ or families: 1) underlying values and goals of HBCC networks, including organizational culture, provider role, and focus on equity; 2) HBCC network services, including a focus on provider well-being, economic sustainability, quality caregiving, and holistic supports for families and children; and 3) implementation practices, including relationship-based approaches, logistical considerations for service delivery, data for improvement and evaluation, staffing, and provider recruitment strategies. (author abstract)

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