Home-Based Child Care and Home Visiting Explored at the Head Start Research Conference

Jul 01, 2010

By Elizabeth Hoffmann

Last week, the Office of Head Start hosted its 10th National Research Conference, a biennial national event to highlight new information to help Head Start programs continue to improve the quality of the services they provide. Home-based child care and home visiting are receiving increasing attention in research (see session highlights below), as well as in the policy sphere.

As states move forward with systems-building work through their Early Childhood Advisory Councils (created by the most recent Head Start reauthorization and funded through the ARRA) and applying for the new federal home visiting program, it will be important to integrate home-based child care and home visitation services into states' comprehensive systems for early childhood. Over the next year, CLASP is planning to study these issues and produce case studies highlighting partnership models to help state leaders and policymakers seeking to improve and increase comprehensive services for young children.

At the conference session, "Unpacking the Impact of Support Programs for Home-Based Child Care Providers," three presenters shared research from initiatives working with family child care providers (FCC) and family, friend, and neighbor caregivers (FFN).

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