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7 Ways YOU Can Help Us Improve Child Care in 2017

Advocacy is one of the most important and most underutilized tools we have to influence child care policy in the political system. And we need to work on that – fast! Research has proven that 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age 5. That’s why the earliest years in a child’s life… Read more »

Hold President Trump Accountable: Join the Fight for the First 100 Days

Now’s our chance – President Trump spoke about child care and maternity leave in his agenda when he was a candidate for President, and now that he’s in office we want to make sure he keeps that promise. While we don’t yet know the details of any of the proposals being considered by Congress or… Read more »

Help Build Your Child’s Brain on National Opposite Day

National Opposite Day is observed every year on January 25. Many enjoy using this day to try to confuse others by saying and doing the opposite of what they really mean. Why not use this day to help build your child’s brain? By the age of five, your child’s brain has reached 90 percent of… Read more »

Take Action Against an Undetectable Gas: It’s National Radon Action Month

This month we are acknowledging National Radon Action Month. We encourage you to test your home and workplace for radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water from the natural decay of uranium. You can’t see, smell, or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level… Read more »

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 »

Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach

Helping children develop good eating habits starts at infancy. New feeding guidelines have been released that can help caregivers know what and how best to feed infants and toddlers. These guidelines help make sure that children are getting enough, but not too much of the right foods, so we can reduce their risk of developing… Read more »

Congressman Tom Price Confirmed as Next Secretary of Health and Human Services

Late last night, the Senate confirmed Georgia Congressman, Tom Price, as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on a 52-47 party-line vote. Secretary Price will now oversee critical programs that support children and families including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Head Start. In addition, he will also be a key… Read more »

January 2017 Child Care Provider of the Month – Kind Hearts Day Care

Arlington, VA – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), and National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) would like to congratulate Julie Hume and the staff at Kind Hearts Day Care in Princeton, Minnesota. They have been named Provider of the Month for… Read more »

Senate Confirms Betsy DeVos

Earlier today, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, on a 51-50 vote with Vice-President Pence casting the deciding vote. This is the first time a sitting Vice-President has had to vote to confirm a cabinet nominee. Last month, Betsy DeVos had a very contentious nomination hearing with the Senate… Read more »

January 2017 Footnotes

As we embark on 2017, we look forward to a new year and how we can make an impact during the first 100 days of the new administration. On child and family programs and policy we remain committed to ensure the new Administration and Congress are aware of the policies and resources critical for positive… Read more »

CCAoA Celebrates American Heart and Black History Months

Heart disease and strokes are the #1 killers of women in the United States Roughly every minute, another woman dies, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Although heart disease affects women of all races and ethnicities, rates are especially high for African-American women. Here’s a little story to inspire you: Wear Red On February… Read more »

U.S. Capitol in front of the reflecting pool

Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation to Reform Child Care Tax Credits

Late last week, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) introduced the Promoting Affordable Care for Everyone (PACE) Act of 2017. The goal of the PACE Act is to make these tax credits more generous for working and low-income families and reflect the rising cost of child care. This legislation would update several Federal… Read more »

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