Category: Child Care

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…

The Aftermath: How a Texas CCR&R Supported Providers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

One year later, memories of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are grey and hazy, much like the lingering autumn skies that dropped trillions of gallons of water across Greater Houston. Before the flood waters receded, Collaborative for Children, the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency for the 13-county Greater Houston region, faced a critical… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America’s 12th Annual Cost of Care Report Shows Child Care Outpaces Nearly All Other Family Expenses Nationwide

WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA)  today released its 12th annual The US and the High Cost of Child Care: A Review of Prices and Proposed Solutions for a Broken System which found that child care is unaffordable in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia. For 30 years, CCAoA has been… Read more »

Child Care is a Community Issue

Imagine a world where all children start their lives with high-quality education, where all parents can go to workknowing their child is safe, where the folks doing the important work of teaching our youngest all have access to benefits and fair wages. This is far from our reality today, but this is our vision. It… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem  By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  One Solution  The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  Providers in centers and family child care… Read more »

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Congress Approves Bill That Provides Strong Support for Child Care Programs

Last night, the House of Representatives completed the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (it also includes the Department of Defense’s budget) that, once again, honors the two-year congressional budget agreement by prioritizing funding for early childhood and child care programs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources to Support Families Experiencing Homelessness

The Problem  Every year, more than one million children under 6 years old in the U.S. experience homelessness. How can providers support these vulnerable children and their families?  One Solution  There are two new resources on this topic posted on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website:  Caring for the Health and Wellness of… Read more »

Public Investments in Early Care and Education Could Help End Poverty

Achievement gaps start early for children in families with low incomes. Access to high-quality early care and education programs help young children develop social and emotional, language, and academic skills needed to succeed. In this blog, you will hear from Ashley, a family advocate who uses her personal experience to make the case for why… Read more »

Preparing for Wildfires: The Reality of Today

With wildfires spreading across the West, many cities and states are being impacted both directly by the fires and by the resulting air pollution from the smoke. This week, Seattle topped the list of worst air pollution in the world, and Washington state and Oregon had 4 of the top 5 worst air pollution days… Read more »

Reflections from an Intern

The past 10 weeks of my internship at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) have gone by too quickly. I am sad to say goodbye to my fellow colleagues and to our nation’s capital—the center of the universe for a political science major like me. I will greatly miss the many opportunities I had with… Read more »

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