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Promising practices for high-quality home-based child care networks: Supporting providers' economic well-being and sustainability


This brief examines the ways home-based child care networks (“networks”) support the economic well-being and sustainability of licensed family child care (FCC) providers, who often operate as their own small businesses and are self-employed. Helping home-based child care (HBCC) providers attain financial security is a key benchmark for high-quality networks. Findings are based on focus groups of network directors and affiliated licensed FCC providers from six networks in six states. These networks were selected because their responses to a survey about benchmarks for high-quality networks (see Box 1) indicated that they were offering promising opportunities to promote economic well-being and sustainability. The six networks primarily serve licensed, registered, or certified FCC. No FFN (family, friend, and neighbor) providers attended our focus groups. This brief highlights network strategies and supports that aim to enhance FCC providers’ business and financial management to ensure economic well-being and sustainability. (author abstract)

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