Category: Family & Parent Advocates

The Accountant and Child Care Advocacy: Part Two

As I began to educate myself on what I had signed up for as a parent advocate at the Family Advocacy Summit, I soon realized the connections to the local community. I learned that Child Care Aware® of America is the national organization that supports each stateеs local Child Care Resource and Referral, in addition… Read more »

The Accountant and Child Care Advocacy: Part One

You may be wondering how you landed on an article written by a CPA that is not related to a technical issue? Allow me to explain. Recently, my wife and I received an opportunity to attend the Child Care Aware® of America’s 2017 Family Advocacy Summit. This 3 part series will take you through the… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Introduces the Family Voices Blog/Vlog Series

Welcome to our Family Voices Blog/Vlog series! Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while you immerse yourself in the real-world child care experiences of families from across the nation. These stories all have been written or video logged by people just like you and me who care deeply about the child… Read more »

Did You Miss the Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit? Here’s a Recap

We were excited to have more than 300 attendees join us for this year’s Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit on April 23-25 in Washington, D.C. Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and early child care professionals from various disciplines and settings joined us from across the nation to address policy, practice, and… Read more »

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 »

Family Voices, Quality Choices

In May, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will begin piloting the Family Voices, Quality Choices resource suite—a collection of child care consumer information and outreach materials—at two Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies for a period of four months. Child Care Services Association in North Carolina and Child Care Aware® of Kansas have partnered… 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 »

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