Category: Child Care


Administration Publishes New Early Learning Guidance

Yesterday, the Department of Education issued a non-regulatory guidance on the early learning opportunities in the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.” The guidance does not include any required actions that state and local education agencies must follow, rather, suggested activities to help strengthen early learning programs. The guidance is summarized under three main… Read more »

firefighters helped battle a wildfire

Is Your Smoke Alarm Working? Outdated?

Smoke alarms are a vital part of fire safety. You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home and in each bedroom. Sadly, every year lives are lost because smoke alarms are neglected. From 2009-2013, three out of five home fire deaths occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working… Read more »


CCAoA Poll Explores How and What Parents Look for in Quality Child Care

On August 8, Child Care Aware® of America formerly launched a Child Care Information Poll. The poll generated 255 responses from parents around the nation. We would like to thank all who participated in and shared this poll. We also congratulate the winner of the $50 gift card drawing, awarded to a parent located in… Read more »


Getting Serious About Fire Safety

Over 1.3 million fires were reported in the United States last year. Fires have a significant impact on children, parents and child care providers. On average, every day 293 children are injured and at least one child dies from fire. Each year approximately 325 fires occur in child care centers. As we focus on fire… Read more »


The Opportunity Gap Starts at Child Care’s Door

The intended purpose of early education is to help close the school achievement gap by promoting equitable access to the school readiness opportunities afforded by high quality early education. Access means affording all our children the opportunity to enter through the front door of early education, and it also means keeping them from being pushed… Read more »


Provider Health Spotlight on Maranda Parker

Spotlight Maranda Parker, (former) Health and Fitness Education Specialist, White Birch Community Center, Henniker, New Hampshire The Problem Maranda wanted to create a fitness program for staff members, but a conventional after-work program wasn’t feasible. Many of the Center employees are working mothers and have nighttime commitments. The Solution A collective virtual walk to Miami… Read more »

Secretary Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Proposes Doubling the Child Tax Credit

Building on her plan to help working families gain access to child care and lift themselves out of poverty, the Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton, proposed to expand the child tax credit for families living in poverty and families with children under the age of four who qualify. According to the Clinton campaign, up… Read more »


Summary of CCDF Final Rule Now Available

Last month, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final rule for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) based on the 2014 Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG). This final rule updates CCDF regulations for the first time since 1998. The final CCDF rule includes regulatory changes on ensuring the health… Read more »

Child Care Works 2017- 2017 calendar

CCAoA Wall Calendar Now Available

Child Care Aware® of America is proud to release its first, limited edition 15-month wall calendar featuring photos of children, families, and child care professionals—all of whom we work for every day. Our calendar also speaks to our beliefs and strategic priorities that support our mission of ensuring that all families have access to affordable,… Read more »


September 2016 Footnotes

It is hard to believe that September is ending and we are already moving into October. And with that comes shorter days, cooler weather, and perhaps the most important thing—the final stretch in the presidential campaigns. The cost of child care has become a major issue for the 2016 elections, and we are excited to… Read more »

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