Erikson’s Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy, along with Chicago’s Department of Family and Support Services, hosted a Symposium on Supporting Quality Family Child Care in Chicago on July 2.

Local experts presented current research on family child care quality, and experts from around the country shared information with symposium participants about innovative approaches and strategies for improving the quality of care for children and families.

Research focuses on in-home training

Approximately half of young children receiving child care assistance in Chicago are cared for in home-based child care settings. Providers in these settings are often isolated and lack access to resources that might be available in a child care center.

Presenters noted new studies indicate that the beliefs and personal resources of home-based providers matter greatly in the development of young children. Research conducted at Erikson has shown that agency networks that offer home-based providers training, home visits, and individualized coaching focused on quality improvement have positive results.

Featured projects included:

  • All Our Kin, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Central California Migrant/Seasonal Head Start, Santa Cruz County, California
  • Skip-a-Long Home Child Care Network, SAL Family and Community Services, Quad Cities/Peoria, Illinois
  • Erikson Institute’s Family Child Care Specialist Training Project, Chicago, Illinois
  • Illinois Action for Children