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Building Home-Based Child Care Networks: Research & Resources for the Field

  • Juliet Bromer , Project Director
  • Toni Porter , Co-Investigator, Early Care & Education Consulting
  • Marina Ragonese-Barnes , Research Analyst
  • Patricia Molloy , Project Manager

Erikson Institute’s home-based child care research team is partnering with Home Grown to evaluate their Building Comprehensive Networks initiative and to develop evidence-based resources for the field on promising practices around network development and implementation.

This project is funded by Home Grown, in coordination with their Building Comprehensive Networks initiative.

See more research from Erikson Institute on Family Child Care Networks


Publications and Resources

Strengthening HBCC Networks: An Evidence-Based Framework for High Quality

This brief describes 11 quality benchmarks for home-based child care networks. The benchmarks and related indicators articulate standards and operations based on evidence from research and practice. Together, the benchmarks and indicators represent a picture of what a high-quality network strategy can look like.


Identifying practices and features of high-quality home-based child care networks: A review of the research evidence

This brief presents findings from a targeted literature review on home-based child care (HBCC) networks that support HBCC providers, including regulated family child care (FCC) providers, and/or family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) providers who are legally-exempt from regulation. The review was conducted to inform the development of the set of benchmarks and indicators for HBCC networks that are described in the companion framework above.


Webinar: Network Benchmarks and Indicators

On Wednesday, September 14th at 3:00-4:00 Eastern (12:00-1:00 Pacific) Home Grown and the Erikson Institute hosted a session on the newly released Network Benchmarks and Indicators. Together, the benchmarks and indicators represent a picture of what a high-quality network strategy can look like. In this session we explored the 11 quality benchmarks, their development from research and best practice, and potential use cases for administrators, funders, network staff, and supporting organizations.

Panelists for this discussion include:

  • Juliet Bromer, Research Professor, Herr Research Center, Erikson Institute
  • Marina Ragonese-Barnes, Research Analyst, Herr Research Center, Erikson Institute
  • Toni Porter, Early Care and Education Consulting
  • Kristy Smith, Associate Director: Home-Based Child Care Team, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
  • Sara Mickelson, Director, Early Childhood Initiatives Harris County Office of County Administration
  • Natalie Renew, Executive Director, Home Grown
  • Karen Tylek, Director of Program Operations, Home Grown


Home-Based Child Care Networks: Evaluation Toolkit

The Toolkit includes tools that you can use to collect data to assess your network’s progress towards meeting your goals. It is divided into six areas for evaluation:  1) implementation; 2) provider outcomes; 3) quality outcomes; 4) sustainability outcomes; 5) child outcomes; and 6) family outcomes. Each category includes links to relevant instruments and resources.


Benchmarks | Why - Focus on HBCC: The Network's organizational culture includes an intentional focus on home-based child care (HBCC) as a distinct, essential, and valued early care and education (ECE) setting for children and families.; Providers as Partners: The network includes providers as equal partners in network governance, decision-making, operations, and accountability.; Focus on Equity: The network demonstrates an intentional focus on equity and culturally grounded service delivery. | What - Provider Well-Being: The network offers services that promote provider well-being and attachment to HBCC work.; Finances & Sustainability: The network offers services that promote economic well-being and sustainability. ; Quality Practices: The network offers services that build on and enhance culturally-relevant and community-embedded provider practices that contribute to positive child and family outcomes. ; Comprehensive Services: The network offers holistic services for children and families beyond the supports offered for providers. | How - Service Delivery and Implementation: The network uses research evidence to inform how services are implemented including a focus on relationship to service delivery. ; Data Collection: The Network uses an intentional and collaborative approach to data collection and analysis that informs service delivery. ; Staffing: The network uses intentional staffing strategies to support providers. ; Recruitment: The network uses recruitment strategies that result in ongoing provider participation. | Positive outcomes for providers, children, and families

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Webinar Recording: Network Benchmarks and Indicators

Home Grown and the Erikson Institute’s session on the newly-released Network Benchmarks and Indicators
Home Grown Network Benchmarks and Indicators - September 14, 2022