Home-Based Child Care: a Global Study
Home-based child care (or HBCC) is one of the most popular forms of child care for the world’s 0.8 billion children under six. Supporting the effective delivery of HBCC can provide economic empowerment to women in the child care sector, allow more mothers to enter the workforce, and greatly improve children’s developmental outcomes. Yet despite the prevalence of HBCC, very little is known about the programs that support HBCC providers in their role.
Spring Impact’s new report, generously supported by Echidna Giving, aims to address this knowledge gap. They have compiled detailed insights and profiles of 11 innovative programs, including iACT’s Little Ripples early childhood education program, supporting quality HBCC:
- What are the objectives of these programs?
- What are the common features?
- How do these programs define and promote quality?
- How are they financed?
- What challenges do they face?
To help these programs and others like them to strengthen and scale, Spring Impact makes five key recommendations for donors, policymakers, and the early childhood care and education sector.
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Toward the end of January, iACT’s program associate Julia and I traveled to Chad to connect with our teammates living in the Darfuri refugee camps located in the eastern part of the country. We were there for a couple weeks, and the camps we stopped in were Am Nabak, Touloum, Iridimi, Djabal, and Goz Amer. We refer to this trip as “iACT33” because members of the iACT family, starting with our founder Gabriel Stauring, have now gone to Chad 33 times. Gabriel’s first trip was in 2005, and Katie-Jay later joined him for several visits.
By the afternoon, the consensus was encapsulated by what one humanitarian worker in Bangui told us, “This is CAR. It is always high risk.”
Teachers are the most important school-based factor in determining the quality of education.