Child Care Subsidies and Home-Based Child Care Providers

Brief

Child Care Subsidies and Home-Based Child Care Providers

Expanding Participation
April 29, 2021

Abstract

This brief provides an overview of opportunities, challenges, and steps to expand the participation of home-based child care (HBCC) providers in subsidies provided by the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF), which is the major federal-state child care assistance program. Based on expert interviews and a review of the literature, we first provide background on HBCC providers and CCDF to set the context and then summarize findings about the barriers these providers face to participating in CCDF subsidies. We conclude with a discussion of recommendations, possible impacts of improving participation, and areas where we need more information. This information is particularly relevant for policymakers given the increased focus on HBCC during the pandemic, and the recent passage of major new child care investments as part of the pandemic relief packages.

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