Examining the Feasibility of Using Home Visiting Models to Support Home-Based Child Care Providers

To explore the potential for scaling up this model of professional development for HBCC providers, Child Trends, with funding from the Foundation for Child Development (FCD), examined home visiting models and curricula, state- and federal-level policies related to early care and education and home visiting, funding streams to support early care and education and home visiting, and the perspectives of HBCC providers and parents. The report concludes with suggestions for ways that organizations that fund research, technical assistance, and other activities to support HBCC providers can support this work.

Key findings

  • Home visiting addresses common barriers to HBCC provider participation in professional development. Providers interviewed for this report discussed challenges with traveling to training locations and finding training that did not conflict with their work schedules. Home visiting can address these issues by providing professional development in the home and providing support on a schedule that aligns with providers’ needs.
  • Existing federal and state policies and funding streams could support this type of professional development for HBCC providers. Early care and education funding streams and policies often allocate money for quality improvement efforts, which could be used to support home visiting for HBCC providers.
  • Existing work by home visiting models to adapt their curricula for HBCC providers provides insight into how this could work at a larger scale. Information gathered from current efforts to adapt and pilot home visiting for HBCC providers can inform future efforts to scale up this model.