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 »


Congress Approves 10-Week Funding Measure

Late last night, Congress approved H.R. 5325, a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government until December 9.  President Obama is expected to sign it into law by tomorrow. The CR funds all domestic non-defense programs at FY 2016 levels and includes $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus, along with another $500 million… Read more »


CCAoA Discusses Child Care on Diane Rehm Show

This week, Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director, Child Care Aware® of America, and other leading experts in the child care space will join Diane Rehm on NPR (88.5) to discuss the issues surround child care in our country. Child care has become a major issue in the presidential election. Our recently released Child Care… Read more »


New Research on Implicit Bias in Early Childhood Education

It was a crisp breezy fall morning as I drove my car into the garage near my job. Suddenly my cell phone rings and I look at the caller ID and take a deep breath. Sigh…it’s my daughter’s child care provider again. “Hello, Ms. Dobbins. I know we just saw you, but your daughter is… Read more »


Child Care Mentioned Early On In First Presidential Debate

We were excited to hear child care mentioned in the first 10 minutes of the first Presidential debate. It makes sense – 90% of Americans want the next president to expand access to child care and early learning opportunities. It’s a critical issue that candidates across the aisle can agree on. Child care costs more… Read more »


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 »


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 CCDF rule includes regulatory changes on ensuring the health and… Read more »


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,, and AT Kearney to launch The Care Index and New America Care Report…. Read more »


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 »


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 »


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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