Author: Dionne Dobbins, Ph.D.

Celebrating Grandparents and the Important Role They Play in Children’s Lives

This past weekend was Grandparents Day. As I visited my parents with kids in tow, I realized how pivotal my parents have been in helping me raise my kids. My older two kids are tweens now, but when they were in child care my mom picked them up so my husband and I didn’t have… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2017 State Fact Sheets

Help for families struggling to pay for quality child care, such as the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), is, pivotal to supporting quality child care in the nation. Strategically, states are already investing CCDBG funds in raising the quality of child care programs, as well as in efforts to improve affordability of… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Child Care Licensing Database Launch

In 2014, with the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), all states were required to have stronger licensing standards. States were then searching for tools to both document their current licensing regulations and develop benchmarks toward meeting best practices for health and safety. To meet that need, we developed CCAoA’s 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 »

Back to School: Finding Quality Afterschool Child Care

Can you believe it? Some areas of the country are already in the back-to-school mode! I know because I’m beginning to see my friends post their “first day of school” pictures all over social media. I started a collection of those “first day of school” pictures when my children were very young. The ones where… Read more »

Summer Programs: Combating Learning Loss

Summer intern Anita Liu contributed to this post. As you might remember from last week’s conversation, Gina Warner, CEO of the National Afterschool Association, talked about the importance of quality afterschool programming and what parents should consider in their search for care when their children are out of school. We also touched on the search… Read more »

Finding Quality Afterschool Care For Your Kids

I’m a working mom of three kids. Now that the school year is almost over for my two older kids, it hit me – next year I’ll have one in middle school, one in elementary, and one in preschool. I’m not sure if we’ll keep our current before- and after- school care situations. And I’m… Read more »

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