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Child Care Takes Center Stage in this Election – As it Should

In a highly partisan environment, we’re glad to see candidates from both parties prioritizing child care. More than 80% of voters across parties believe child care should be a priority. We are organizing to make sure these plans are a priority beyond the campaign. We’re working to make sure these policies are implemented in the… Read more »

When I saw students bringing their children to class with them because they had no other child care option, I knew I had to do something—not just for me, but for all parents struggling to make a better life for themselves and their children. I found out the main campus offered child care for students, and I started advocating for the same services on our branch campus, circulating petitions, and putting together rallies. - Bianca Ramirez

A Divided Electorate Unites on Quality Early Childhood Care and Learning

Guest Blog Post by Amanda Guarino, Policy Director, First Five Years Fund Child care is a necessity for many of today’s American families, especially low- and middle-income families, yet the cost of accessing high-quality care often rivals the cost of housing. For four years running, the First Five Years Fund’s annual national bipartisan poll shows… Read more »

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ACF Publishes Final CCDF Rule

Today, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final rule for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) based on the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). This final rule updates CCDF regulations for the first time since 1998. The final rule includes regulatory changes on ensuring the health and safety… Read more »

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Care Index Launch and Event: Hear from the Leading Voices on Child Care

On Wednesday, September 28, leaders in the child care space will discuss the state of the caregiving landscape and how to support families and value care. Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to partner with New America’s Better Life Lab, Care.com, and AT Kearney to launch The Care Index and New America Care Report…. Read more »

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Kansas Begins Two-Year Project to Focus on Emergency Preparedness for Child Care

Arlington, Va. – Child Care Aware® of Kansas was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant. Grant funding from Child Care Aware® of America will support a new two-year project designed to strengthen emergency preparedness efforts for children, parents, and child care providers and also enhance coordination with first… Read more »

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September is Obesity Prevention Month

All children should have the opportunity to grow up healthy. In the United States, many adults and children us spend a lot more time than we should sitting, watching screens. And even though we know better, children and adults don’t always eat as many vegetables and fruits or lean meats as we should. There are… Read more »

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Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF

By Kim Engelman, Chief, Family & Community Engagement Join Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) for a webinar on serving homeless children under the Child Care and Development Fund Program. Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF [The webinar has already passed – but you can find… Read more »

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Health Resource Spotlight: Practice-Based Coaching

Spotlight Practice-Based Coaching The Problem Professional development often helps early childhood educators learn about effective teaching practices—but doesn’t help them implement those practices in the classroom. For health and safety issues, this can result in injury and illness for children and staff. One Solution The Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) has a seven-minute… Read more »

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Provider Health Spotlight on Tammy Kasier

Spotlight Tammy Kaiser, Director of Temple Beit Ha Yam Early Childhood Learning Center, Stuart, Florida The Problem Some children were experiencing behavior problems in the classroom. Tammy didn’t feel it was serious enough to warrant action—until she had a conversation with a congregant about the stress-reducing benefits of yoga. The Solution School-wide yoga for teachers… Read more »

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Presidential Candidates Release Child Care Proposals—What This Means for Parents

Arlington, VA, September 14, 2016 – The importance of high-quality, affordable child care continues to remain a high priority issue for Presidential candidates this election year. To date, both candidates have submitted child care proposals that could impact parents, including paid maternity or family leave and tax credits for families. Child Care Aware® of America… Read more »

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