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In the news: networks, PPP and the future of family child care

Updated: Jun 2, 2020

You know the world is changing for the better when you have three significant webinars in a week on family child care by three organizations with national impact.

From BUILD, June 2nd

Home-Based Child Care: Rising to the Challenge and the Lasting Infrastructure Needed to Support Providers This BUILD-hosted webinar series consists of three webinars focusing on the important role of home-based child care and the need to intentionally build new infrastructure. The series will explore the concepts of system infrastructure for HBCC providers with examples of work in progress in states and communities. The webinar series is geared toward state child care administrators and other systems leaders in licensing, quality, and family strengthening agencies.

Each webinar will explore core concepts on understanding home-based child care and how it meets a critical need for families; building a lasting infrastructure through systemic supports for home-based child care; and networks as the strategy to develop this lasting infrastructure. The work of developing this infrastructure will be explored both conceptually and through concrete state and community examples, in the areas of:

  • Networks supporting access, supply, and business operations.

  • Networks delivering access to and coordination of comprehensive services.

  • Networks advancing capacity and quality, with a particular focus on how networks function as part of an overall quality system.

From Home Grown, June 4th

Home Grown is committed to improving the quality of and access to home-based child care (HBCC). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many caregivers and providers are contending with significant business disruptions that threaten their continued operation. We recognize that many HBCC providers have had difficulty accessing federal funding, particularly the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). That’s why we’re partnering with Civitas Strategies to host a webinar on Thursday, June 4th at 12:00 PM EST to provide resources for family child care advocates like you to better understand the PPP program and ways to help providers access this funding.

Update: Home Grown has added a second webinar on the PPP. This one is for family child business owners, on Monday, June 8th at 4:00 PM.

From the American Enterprise Institute, June 5th

Webinar — A century of working women and the future of family childcare

On June 5, the Women’s Bureau in the US Department of Labor will celebrate 100 years of advancing the well-being of working women. From its inception, a central focus of the agency’s work has been childcare.

Family childcare — provided in homes rather than institutional settings — is the preferred choice of many working women. Running a home-based childcare business has also long been an important avenue for women’s entrepreneurship, especially in low-income communities. Yet since 2005, the licensed family childcare sector has lost almost 100,000 providers, declining by 44 percent.

Please join AEI on the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Bureau for a special webinar on family childcare. What is uniquely valuable about home-based childcare? What is causing its decline? What is needed now to restore this crucial sector — especially in a post-COVID-19 world?

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