Home-Based Childcare

Home-based child care—both regulated family child care as well as family, friend, and neighbor care that is exempt from regulation—accounts for a significant proportion of the child care supply in the United States. Our work in this area has focused on improving quality and developing quality assessment measures.

Supporting Quality in Home-based Child Care. Funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, this two-year project gathered existing research on home-based care and caregiver-supporting initiatives. In addition, the project sought to synthesize evidence about home-based care, and propose promising directions for designing and evaluating initiatives to improve quality in these settings. With our partner, Mathematica Policy Research, we produced four reports:

The Child Care Assessment Tool for Relatives. In a five-year project, supported in large part by the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, Bank Street researchers developed the Child Care Assessment Tool for Relatives (CCAT-R), an observation instrument for assessing quality in child care provided by relatives.

Bank Street offers training on the CCAT-R. Contact Toni Porter, tporter@bankstreet.edu.

Studies on Family, Friend and Neighbor Child Care. Bank Street has conducted several seminal studies on this issue. Among the papers on this topic are:

All of these papers are available at Research Connections. Search by author, ‘Toni Porter.’