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CCAoA Wall Calendar Now Available

Child Care Aware® of America is proud to release its first, limited edition 15-month wall calendar featuring photos of children, families, and child care professionals—all of whom we work for every day. Our calendar also speaks to our beliefs and strategic priorities that support our mission of ensuring that all families have access to affordable,… Read more »

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CCAoA Recognized for Outstanding Marketing and Communications Work

Child Care Aware® of America has been awarded three MarCom Awards as part of a 2016 creative competition for marketing and communications professionals. Platinum Award: Child Care Aware® of America 2016-2017 Calendar Gold Award: Child Care Works website Gold Award: Child Care Aware® of America Annual Report Child Care Aware® of America was selected as… Read more »


New Grain Requirements in CACFP–Separating Wheat from Chaff

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? Want to know what “whole grain rich” means? 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… Read more »


Administration Publishes New Early Learning Guidance

Yesterday, the Department of Education issued a non-regulatory guidance on the early learning opportunities in the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.” The guidance does not include any required actions that state and local education agencies must follow, rather, suggested activities to help strengthen early learning programs. The guidance is summarized under three main… Read more »

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Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

Smoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom. Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working… Read more »


CCAoA Poll Explores How and What Parents Look for in Quality Child Care

On August 8, Child Care Aware® of America formerly launched a Child Care Information Poll. The poll generated 255 responses from parents around the nation. We would like to thank all who participated in and shared this poll. We also congratulate the winner of the $50 gift card drawing, awarded to a parent located in… Read more »


Child Care Aware® of America Report Focuses on Barriers to Early Education for Boys of Color

Arlington, VA, October 14, 2016 – Overall, boys of color (primarily African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives) face structural obstacles that stack the odds against their success in school and in life. They are more likely to grow up in low-income households, and less likely to attend high-quality schools, starting in very early childhood…. Read more »


Getting Serious About Fire Safety

Over 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States last year. Fires have a significant impact on children, parents and child care providers. On average, every day 293 children are injured and at least one child dies from fire. Each year approximately 325 fires occur in child care centers. As we focus on fire… Read more »


Early Care and Education Innovations Webinar Series

Webinar #1: Actions to Promote Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures State Activities that Focus on Healthy Eating and Active Living in Early Childhood Looking to expand your state activities to promote healthy eating and active living for children and prevent early childhood obesity in early childhood settings? Join this webinar to learn more about what states… Read more »


The Opportunity Gap Starts at Child Care’s Door

The intended purpose of early education is to help close the school achievement gap by promoting equitable access to the school readiness opportunities afforded by high quality early education. Access means affording all our children the opportunity to enter through the front door of early education, and it also means keeping them from being pushed… Read more »


Provider Health Spotlight on Maranda Parker

Spotlight Maranda Parker, (former) Health and Fitness Education Specialist, White Birch Community Center, Henniker, New Hampshire The Problem Maranda wanted to create a fitness program for staff members, but a conventional after-work program wasn’t feasible. Many of the Center employees are working mothers and have nighttime commitments. The Solution A collective virtual walk to Miami… Read more »

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