Category: Child Care

Health Resource Spotlight: Child Care State Licensing Database

The Problem States need a way to measure whether their current child care licensing standards do or do not meet the Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines. Those are the minimum health and safety standards that child care programs should meet. The Solution The research team at Child Care Aware® of America developed a… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2017 State Fact Sheets

Help for families struggling to pay for quality child care, such as the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), is, pivotal to supporting quality child care in the nation. Strategically, states are already investing CCDBG funds in raising the quality of child care programs, as well as in efforts to improve affordability of… Read more »

Editing Exchange: An Editor’s First Year Account of Understanding Child Care

One year ago, I stepped into my new role as Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, a magazine for early childhood leaders. I was to fill the biggest shoes imaginable—those of a founding editor who had helmed the magazine since its inception 38 years ago. Although I’m a mother of two young boys, I was new(ish) to the… Read more »

June Footnotes

With June we welcomed the start of summer—longer days, the end of the school year, and summer vacations. We are pleased to share several exiting new work, most notably our recently released child care state licensing database. Additionally, read more below about our advocacy work on the horizon in states, important programmatic initiatives gaining traction,… Read more »

June 2017 Child Care Provider of the Month – Hampton University Child Development Center

Arlington, VA – July 7, 2017 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), Teachstone, and the Afterschool Alliance would like to congratulate Joy Phelps and the staff at… Read more »

The Exorbitant Cost of Child Care: A Millennial Parent Perspective

I am a 26-year-old single mother of a beautiful little girl. I love being a parent. But the cost of child care for a child under the age of two is so expensive in the Washington, DC metro area. More than half of my paycheck goes to child care. As millennial, that is not much… Read more »

Check Out Your Library Before and After Disasters!

Every community is vulnerable to disasters: extreme weather, fires, chemical spills, the list goes on. Luckily, most have a local resource to help them prepare and respond to those disasters: their public library! Libraries have evolved over time, no longer offering just books, magazines, and newspapers. Libraries today provide so much more: computers, internet access,… Read more »

military families and child care providers

Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation Giving Military Families More Child Care Support and Flexibility

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently introduced legislation that would help provide more child care support and flexibility to military families. The “Availability of Child Care for Every Servicemember and Spouse (ACCESS) Act of 2017” would apply to child care facilities on military bases and installations, as well as community providers. Today,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Flu Season Preparedness

The Problem Teaching children flu prevention can be tough—and teachers need resources that make it fun and easy for kids to understand the flu. One Solution The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ready Wrigley activity book series helps kids prepare for many types of emergency, including preparing for flu season. The books are… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Child Care Licensing Database Launch

In 2014, with the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), all states were required to have stronger licensing standards. States were then searching for tools to both document their current licensing regulations and develop benchmarks toward meeting best practices for health and safety. To meet that need, we developed CCAoA’s Child Care… Read more »

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