States and localities face challenges around how to deliver support to home-based child care (HBCC) providers in meaningful ways that improve quality for children and families and meet the needs of providers. While most support organizations deliver services to HBCC providers through home visits, there is limited research on how these visits are implemented. HBCC networks are a common delivery mechanism for support that are often funded through child care licensing, child care subsidy, and quality rating and improvement systems which may dictate the content and purpose of services delivered. This study sought to understand 1) the experiences of network staff who deliver home visits; 2) the range of home visiting implementation practices across HBCC networks; and 3) variation in home visiting implementation practices across networks with different policy roles. We surveyed 106 HBCC network staff who conducted home visits and 144 HBCC providers who received home visits from 35 HBCC networks across 19 states. (author abstract)
Home visiting in home-based child care: Staff and provider experiences
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