Category: Advocacy & Public Policy

Resource and Referral’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding

Some families where breast milk is milk of choice don’t always rely on the mother to handle feeding. Sometimes, the mom pumps milk so that co-parents or other family members participate in the feeding process—and sometimes provide breast milk to child care providers to feed infants too.   While not every family is able to breastfeed their baby, many families who… Read more »

Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?

For more than 10 years, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has reported on the unaffordability of child care for parents in states across the country. We’ve been expanding that reporting by diving deeper into county-level costs and exploring national, state-and community-level financing solutions to provide working families with some relief. Even as we’ve kept… Read more »

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2019, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill

Earlier today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2019 spending package by a 30-1 vote that proposes funding levels for child care and other early childhood programs for next year. The bill includes $5.3 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which is the same level the House Appropriations Committee proposed… Read more »

Prevent to Protect: The Most Common Unheard of Viral Cause of Birth Defect

It’s National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month, however, most women have never heard of CMV (less than 9 percent). CMV can pose an occupational risk to pregnant childcare providers due to the increased likelihood of contact with bodily fluids, saliva and urine during diaper changes, while working with young children. Pregnant women are most likely to… Read more »

Kawasaki Disease: What All Families and Providers Should Know

On October 2, 2016, my son Myles, then 4 months old, had a fever. His older sister had just been sick, so my husband and I thought Myles had caught a bug from her. Poor little guy. I guess that’s how it goes when you have multiple kids with exposure to a lot of germs… Read more »

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The Child Care and Development Fund: What CCR&Rs Should Know

Thanks to the strong advocacy efforts of our network, on March 23, Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included a $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the largest discretionary funding increase in history. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) authorized the Child Care… Read more »

House Subcommittee Approves Appropriations Bill With Proposed Funding for ECE Programs

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved its FY 2019 appropriations bill that includes proposed funding levels for child care and other early childhood programs. The Subcommittee includes $5.2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which is the same level as FY 2018.  While this… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Interactive Learning Modules for Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)

The Problem  CCHCs are health professionals who also are knowledgeable about child health, child development and health and safety in child care. But their training may not have equipped them with some skills (e.g., communicating effectively with programs) that are essential to their work.   One Solution  The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) just… Read more »

Final Child Care and Development Fund Plan Preprint Published for FY 2019

On Friday, June 8 the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final State/Territory Child Care and Development Fund Plan Preprint for FY 2019-2021. As result of the delay in releasing this, ACF has extended the plan submission deadline to August 31, 2018. In the final guidance, ACF encourages states to use the recent funding… Read more »

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