Category: Advocacy & Public Policy

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New Child Care Affordability Legislation Introduced

New Hampshire Senator, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), just reintroduced the “Right Start Child Care and Education Act,” which would help make child care more affordable for working class families by amending the federal tax code. Specifically, the Senator’s legislation proposes the following: Increase outdated dollar limits on child care expenses for families.  In particular, the bill… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Stress and Provider Health

The problem: Working in child care can be stressful and take a toll on many facets of a providers’ health, including oral health.  One solution: Stress and Health, the most recent tip sheet in the “Brush Up on Oral Health” series.  This resource explains the ways in which long-term stress can cause problems with your… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources for Child Care Providers to Make Healthy Choices

The problem: Child care providers care for and promote the health and wellness of our nation’s children but struggle to make healthy choices for themselves.  One solution: The Move Your Way campaign, which provides information and strategies for meeting the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans  With all the fitness fads and conflicting health advice out there, it can… Read more »

Toy Safety: Making Safe Choices This Holiday Season So Children Can Have Fun

The holiday season is a great time for family, friends and fun. It’s also a time for giving gifts, especially for our excited little ones. When purchasing toys for our little ones, it’s important that they are not only age appropriate but safe. In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S…. Read more »

Statement from CCAoA on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

As our nation mourns a president, child care advocates are mourning one of the fiercest defenders of critical child care infrastructures. President Bush pledged his continued support of the National Commission on Children, paving the way for key legislative victories including the establishment of the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Children’s… Read more »

Support for Those Impacted by CA Wildfires: A Note from Our Deputy Executive Director

Child Care Aware® of America stands with our friends in California who are working tirelessly to support children and families who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. The organization will continue to support our members and partners through our emergency preparedness work, offering resources and assistance. If you would like to donate to the… Read more »

New Grant to Support Increasing Access to High-Quality Child Care-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funds Unique National Partnership Led by NAEYC

WASHINGTON, DC —  The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) today announced the receipt of a $1 million, one-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support a unique multi-organizational advocacy and action strategy designed to increase equitable access to high-quality child care. Working in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center, the… Read more »

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…

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