Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2015 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report celebrating milestones in child care now available Arlington, VA – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) released its 2015 Annual Report today. The report shares CCAoA’s milestones from 2015, following the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and introduction of the Child C.A.R.E. Act, new legislation introduced last… Read more »

Dawn Arlotta

Description: This young African-American boy was have a fun, imaginative time play with his toys in a backyard sandpile. Children love playing outside, and this child was thoroughly enjoying his this time having fun in the fresh outdoor air, and the beautiful weather.It is important to know that sunscreen should be applied on any exposed skin, and children should wear clothing appropriate for this kind of outdoor play including sneakers, shirts, and long pants, all of which protect the children from splinters, and abrasions. It’s also a good idea to have children play in groups rather than alone, not only to improve safety, but for the purpose of cultivating friendships as well.

It is also important to note that proper handwashing is a must after playing in any outdoor environment, thereby, removing contaminants from the skin surface, including viruses such as H1N1.Keywords: Sunblock Physical activity; Asthma attack; Black; H1N1

May is Asthma Awareness Month

Did you know that May is designated as Asthma Awareness Month? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this lung disease affects over 22 million people living in the United States, including one in twelve children.  It causes three in five people living with asthma to limit their physical activity or miss… Read more »

Laundry Pods Pose Ingestion Risk to Children

February of 2012 saw the introduction of laundry detergent “pods” to the market. These pods are small, highly-concentrated single-dose packets, which are brightly colored, often mimicking candy. Since their introduction the pods have been causing an uptick in exposures, as young children mistakenly ingest them. Research conducted in 2012 and 2013 found 17,230 reported exposures… Read more »


USDA Announces New Meal Pattern Guidelines for Child and Adult Care Food Program

On Friday, April 22, 2016, the USDA announced that it has finalized meal pattern revisions to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This rule updates the meal pattern requirements to better align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which was required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Changes are as follows:… Read more »

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This photograph shows an infant held by his mother, receiving an intramuscular vaccination in the thigh.

 Vaccinations are most often given to optimize the immune response of the vaccine and reduce the adverse reactions in and around the injection site. Infants and young children should be vaccinated in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh. It is a healthy well developed muscular area and has a low risk of neural, vascular and tissue injury making it the safest site of injection.

Resources for National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from serious vaccine-preventable disease like whooping cough, measles, and influenza. Immunization is a process by which a person becomes protected against a disease through vaccination. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available… Read more »

Preparations for a parade during the Veterans Powwow.

Child Care Aware® of America Celebrates the Month of the Military Child

Families face many challenges when seeking child care—is it affordable and accessible, does it meet the child’s needs, and does the child care provider or center meet certain standards and requirements? Now let’s think about the military family, who faces additional obstacles. According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military personnel move an… Read more »


February 2016 Child Care Provider of the Month – Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc.

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 Angela Smith and the Good Shepherd Child Care Center, Inc. in Milford, Pennsylvania. They… Read more »

CCAoA Announces Emergency Preparedness Funding Webinar

During the first week of May 2016, Child Care Aware® of America will launch a request for proposals for a new emergency preparedness program. The goal of this funding opportunity is to increase the capacity of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in the event of emergencies or… Read more »

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A Day on the Hill: How We Let Congress Know That Child Care Works

On Wednesday April 6, hundreds of advocates for child care stormed the Hill to represent the millions of people across this country who need quality, affordable child care. This was a part of Child Care Aware® of America’s national 2016 Symposium. Attendees were fired up in the morning by former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who gave an impassioned speech and… Read more »


Did You Miss our 2016 Symposium? Here’s a Recap.

We were excited to have more than 350 attendees join us for this year’s biennial Child Care Aware® of America 2016 Symposium on April 4-6 in Washington, D.C. Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and early care professionals from various disciplines and settings joined us from across the nation to celebrate milestones, collaborate for… Read more »


March 2016 Footnotes

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”—isn’t that what they say about March? Despite a few lingering cold spells, the city is finally starting to come alive with the sights and sounds of spring. We also have the opportunity to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms as we gear up for our biennial Symposium event… Read more »

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