Category: Advocacy & Public Policy

Health Resource Spotlight: Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table

The Problem:  Early childhood programs are great places to help children learn good health habits, including oral health habits. But having children brush one at a time at the sink can be messy and time consuming.  One Solution:  A group activity known as toothbrushing at the table, in which children and staff sit around a… Read more »

Child Care and US: How Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Can Help

As a single parent, Sheena struggled to find high-quality, affordable child care. She found a child care resource and referral agency that helped her find the balance of affordability and quality. Listen to her story:     More than 11 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the…

The Aftermath: How a Texas CCR&R Supported Providers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

One year later, memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are grey and hazy, much like the lingering autumn skies that dropped trillions of gallons of water across Greater Houston. Before the flood waters receded, Collaborative for Children, the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for the 13-county Greater Houston region, faced a critical… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America’s 12th Annual Cost of Care Report Shows Child Care Outpaces Nearly All Other Family Expenses Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA)  today released its 12th annual The US and the High Cost of Child Care: A Review of Prices and Proposed Solutions for a Broken System which found that child care is unaffordable in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. For 30 years, CCAoA has been… Read more »

Child Care is a Community Issue

Imagine a world where all children start their lives with high-quality education, where all parents can go to workknowing their child is safe, where the folks doing the important work of teaching our youngest all have access to benefits and fair wages. This is far from our reality today, but this is our vision. It… Read more »

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate By Sosha Chaney, Parent Advocate Child Care Aware® of America believes that every family has an important perspective to be considered when making decisions in child care and early learning programs, state systems and nationwide. We recently sat down with Sosha, a vocal child care… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem  By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  One Solution  The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  Providers in centers and family child care… Read more »

Federal Employees & Members of the Military Show Some Love to CCAoA with CFC #12300

Do you believe all families should have access to affordable, high-quality child care? Are you a federal employee or member of the military? Then you still have time to select Child Care Aware® of America as your CFC charity of choice! Please visit this website for more information. Do you know any federal employees? Then let them… Read more »

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Congress Approves Bill That Provides Strong Support for Child Care Programs

Last night, the House of Representatives completed the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (it also includes the Department of Defense’s budget) that, once again, honors the two-year congressional budget agreement by prioritizing funding for early childhood and child care programs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will… Read more »

Statement from the Executive Director on the Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule

“Science has shown that when children experience stressful or toxic environments, it is traumatic for future development, which is why it is critical to ensure that children and families who need access to basic services such as food, housing, health and child care can access it,” said Dr. Lynette M. Fraga, executive director of Child Care Aware®… Read more »

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