Strengthening the Home-Based Child Care Sector

Globally, millions of children are in home-based, non-parental care arrangements. In low-and middle-income countries, children are 3 times more likely to be in home-based rather than center-based care. Home-based child care (HBCC) bolsters economies by supporting women’s economic empowerment and helping children develop and reach their full potential. Despite its prevalence and critical importance, HBCC is under-supported, underregulated, and underfinanced.

Support programs for Home-based child care : a global study

In 2020, Spring Impact, supported by Echidna Funding, Porticus Foundation and Imaginable Futures conducted a study to establish the success and importance of support programs for home-based childcare. The study reviewed 11 support programs in 10 countries and established that strengthening and expanding support programs for home-based child care
providers will:

Improve skills of and empower HBCC providers

Improve development outcomes for children in HBCC

Enable women to enter into or expand their participation in paid work as child

The study also made several recommendations including the following:

Donors and policymakers should increase financing for systems of support, and governments should provide more funding to HBCC providers

Policymakers should look to embed support programs for HBCC into the public sector to increase scale and sustainability

The early childhood care and education sector should establish a global learning community of existing support programs for HBCC

In 2022, ECDAN, in partnership with Spring Impact, Echidna Giving, Jubilee Foundation, UBS, Optimus, ELMA Foundation, and Imaginable Futures launched a collaborative on HBCC that aims to catalyze action towards implementation of the recommendations of the study. The collaborative seeks to test and scale support programs for HBCC providers in Kenya, Rwanda and India with the goal of affecting 100 communities in 10 years. These support programs will allow providers to increase the quality of, and expand access to, childcare services. The collaborative will also establish a global learning community to share knowledge and resources.

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Support programs for Home-based child care : a global study

Support programs for Home-based child care : a global study

Home-based child care (HBCC) is a form of non-parental child care that takes place within the home of...

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