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Policy drives practice: Building the roadmap for staffed family child care networks

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Before the pandemic, growth in child care centers strongly and swiftly out-paced home-based care. This has now shifted. A strong preference for small, home-based child care settings is emerging, and appears to be fairly consistent across the US. National and state survey data suggest that enrollment in center-based programs is about 50% pre-pandemic levels, while home-based care is about 75% and growing. How do we reinvent the early care and education (ECE) sector in a new world? And what role can home-based care play? Opportunities Exchange (OppEx) believes that home-based child care is essential and that policy that bolsters provider networks— commonly referred to as Staffed Family Child Care Networks (or SFCCN, for short)—is a foundational strategy to ensure the ongoing supply of quality home-based care. (author abstract)

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