Child Care Deserts: Getting a Handle on Child Care Supply and Demand

You might be wondering, “What is a Child Care Desert?”.  Just as food deserts — urban areas where it’s difficult to buy affordable, fresh food — can have an adverse impact on nutrition, “child care deserts” identifies an absence of an essential commodity to support the workforce that results in limited access, which current child… Read more »


Obama Administration Releases Final ESSA Regulations

Earlier today, the Department of Education published the final regulations to implement the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.”  The final ESSA regulations are designed to support states in maximizing their opportunities under the new law. The final regulations are categorized in the following manner: Accountability – A more comprehensive picture of school success;… Read more »


Election Debrief: Child Care Advocacy in the Trump Administration

Last week, Child Care Aware® of America’s policy team hosted a webinar that provided a debrief on the 2016 election. The presentation included details on key staff for the incoming Trump Administration, the breakdown of the membership of the 115th Congress, and the results of numerous elections at the state level. Our team also reviewed… Read more »


Child Care Aware® of America to Host Facebook Live Panel with Advocates on Election Results and What’s Next for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America is hosting a Facebook Live panel discussion on November 29 at 9 a.m. EST to talk with parents about the new landscape after the presidential election and what you can do to make child care is a priority. The panel will include compelling personal stories from three families who are… Read more »

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Leaving for Logan: Looking for an Oasis in a Child Care Desert

The importance of high-quality, affordable child care affects everyone. In the spirit of the holiday giving season, Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to share with you a special edition story in Faces of Child Care, a series of stories from individuals of various walks of life who are affected by child care. Read Ashley’s… Read more »


Whole-Grain Rich Foods—What’s That?

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by “whole-grain rich” foods. The new requirements apply to CACFP centers and CACFP participating child care… Read more »


Report on Media Use and How It Affects Young Children

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Children and Adolescents and Digital Media explores new recommendations for children’s media use. The report covers what we currently know about media use and how it affects young children and adolescents and makes recommendations for pediatricians and parents. These recommendations are designed to help… Read more »

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Provider Health Spotlight on Karen Ekdahl

Spotlight Karen Ekdahl, Bellingham Childcare & Learning Center, Bellingham, Washington The Problem Working with children can be very stressful, and the demands on staff just seem to grow. The Solution Offering some creative (and some extremely low-cost) health and wellness activities for teachers so they feel appreciated and cared for. How They Did It Bellingham… Read more »

MAYPORT, Fla. (June 1, 2008) Lt. Cmdr. Robert Strange, assistant air operations officer aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), is welcomed home by his wife and family. Truman and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 are in Mayport off-loading a small portion of CVW-3 and picking up tiger cruise riders, preparing for their return to homeport after a seven-month deployment. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ricardo J. Reyes (Released)

Child Care Aware® of America Celebrates Military Family Appreciation Month

Child care has become a major issue this election season, highlighted throughout the debates and presidential candidate platforms alike. The focus has mainly been on families and the challenges they face when seeking high-quality, affordable child care. For military families this can be especially difficult. According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military… Read more »


October 2016 Footnotes

We are now officially into fall! Leaves are finally starting to change, and the holidays are right around the corner. With the close of October comes the 2016 elections, which we continue to follow closely as both candidates have elevated the issue of child care in their platforms. We invite you to visit our Child… Read more »


September 2016 Child Care Provider of the Month – Brenda’s Child Care, LLC

Arlington, VA – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), and National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) would like to congratulate Brenda Petith and the staff at Brenda’s Child Care, LLC in North Logan, Utah…. Read more »

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