Author: April Dodge-Ostendorf

Celebrating Family Voices

In 2018, families joined Child Care Aware® of America in a shared mission to move the needle on quality and affordable child care forward. Several issues topped their list of concerns:  Child care is one of their biggest expenses, outpacing rent/mortgage payments and college tuition in many states  Many communities experience shortages in quality child… Read more »

VIDEO: Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Are Here For You

The end of summer is a busy time for families seeking child care. This video describes what families and child care resource and referral (CCR&R) professionals, from around the nation, have to say about child care assistance available in your community. Parents, would you like to get a head start on your child care plan?… Read more »

Announcing the Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series

Child Care Aware® of America is rolling out a new informative series that illuminates exemplary family and community engagement practices. The Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series highlights and celebrates innovative, high-quality family and community engagement programs occurring in a range of early childhood settings. We hope this series will not only introduce… Read more »

The Role Families Play in Identifying Child Care Challenges and Identifying Solutions

Children and their families are the heart of early care and education. We know that when child care providers and early educators work in close concert with families. Young children gain a stronger foundation for learning and development, Overall family well-being is enhanced, and The early care workforce experiences greater job satisfaction, and frequent turnover… Read more »

Relationships Matter – A Parent’s Perspective

Ever wonder what parents value in their relationships with child care providers? I wanted to know what it takes to meaningfully engage families so I turned to an expert! Meet Katey, a vivacious mom from Kansas. During a Q&A session, Katey provided a glimpse into what family engagement means to her family as she opened… Read more »

Family Voices, Quality Choices

In May, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will begin piloting the Family Voices, Quality Choices resource suite—a collection of child care consumer information and outreach materials—at two Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies for a period of four months. Child Care Services Association in North Carolina and Child Care Aware® of Kansas have partnered… Read more »

Calling All Parents: CCAoA Wants Your Input!

With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is excited to partner with child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other related agencies to learn more about how families make child care choices. We are hosting family focus groups and key informant interviews with industry stakeholders across the… Read more »

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