Category: Family & Parent Advocates

Our Chief of Policy Speaks to The Preschool Podcast on Impactful Advocacy for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America’s Chief of Policy, Michelle McCready had the pleasure of speaking with The Preschool Podcast, a platform for leaders in early childhood education to share their experiences, thoughts and insights in the world of early learning. During this podcast, Michelle talks about impactful advocacy.  Michelle provides vision, leadership, and management to the… Read more »

Why I’m Not Having Children…At Least Not Anytime Soon

The most recent data shows that millennials are having children later in life than the generation before them. According to a study by Goldman Sachs, the median age for millennials to get married has increased from 23 to 30! As I get older, I am bombarded with the following question: “When are you going to… Read more »

Dear Ivanka: If you want to fix child care, don’t start with women like me

When I heard you utter the words “affordable, quality child care for all families” at the Republican convention last summer, I literally stood up and cheered in the middle of my living room. It’s one of the many, and arguably one of the most important, issues facing working families. These are the families that I… Read more »

7 Ways YOU Can Help Us Improve Child Care in 2017

Advocacy is one of the most important and most underutilized tools we have to influence child care policy in the political system. And we need to work on that – fast! Research has proven that 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age 5. That’s why the earliest years in a child’s life… Read more »

Evaluating the Impact of Expensive Child Care on Families, Businesses, and the Economy

Child care is expensive—this fact is not new. In fact, our recently released 10th edition of the Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report reveals a continued trend of the burden that families face in finding and funding quality child care, to include: Millennial parents who are saddled with mountains of debt, Grandparents… Read more »

Report Shows Child Care Too Expensive for Today’s Families

Quality, Affordable Child Care Out of Reach for Most Americans, Costing More than a Year’s College Tuition, Housing, Transportation, or Food Arlington, VA, December 7, 2016  – Child Care Aware® of America’s (CCAoA) 10th annual report researching child care costs in counties and states across the U.S. shows families can’t afford child care in 49… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America to Host Facebook Live Panel with Advocates on Election Results and What’s Next for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America is hosting a Facebook Live panel discussion on November 29 at 9 a.m. EST to talk with parents about the new landscape after the presidential election and what you can do to make child care is a priority. The panel will include compelling personal stories from three families who are… Read more »

Child Care Programs Receive Proposed Funding Levels for Next Year

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee released the draft FY 2017 Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education spending bill. This appropriations bill is the source of funding for the vast majority of federal child care and early child development programs. The Committee is expected to consider, and likely pass, this bill late next week. Overall,… Read more »

On Becoming a Parent Advocate

Guest blog post by parent advocate Laurie Ferguson As I walked into the trauma room, I was horrified to see my 6-year old daughter, barely visible under a head and neck brace while lying on a backboard. Doctors and nurses were carefully attending to my daughter, ordering tests, checking vital signs, and repeatedly calling out… Read more »

A Day on the Hill: How We Let Congress Know That Child Care Works

On Wednesday April 6, hundreds of advocates for child care stormed the Hill to represent the millions of people across this country who need quality, affordable child care. This was a part of Child Care Aware® of America’s national 2016 Symposium. Attendees were fired up in the morning by former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who gave an impassioned speech and… Read more »

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