Category: Affordability

VIDEO: Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Are Here For You

The end of summer is a busy time for families seeking child care. This video describes what families and child care resource and referral (CCR&R) professionals, from around the nation, have to say about child care assistance available in your community. Parents, would you like to get a head start on your child care plan?… Read more »

Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?

For more than 10 years, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has reported on the unaffordability of child care for parents in states across the country. We’ve been expanding that reporting by diving deeper into county-level costs and exploring national, state-and community-level financing solutions to provide working families with some relief. Even as we’ve kept… Read more »

VIDEO: The Importance of Finding a Child Care Center You Trust

Sosha unfortunately had to bounce around from child care to child care due to lack of affordability. But in 2012 – she found the child care center of her dreams!   Listen to her story: Parents and families, with multiple children rely on quality child care to balance home life and continue to work. Hear more… Read more »

FY2018 Appropriations Bill Passed in the Senate: A Message From Our Executive Director

At Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), we are thrilled that the FY2018 appropriations bill has passed in the Senate, which includes an increase of $2.37 billion in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This funding is critical in supporting systems professionals, providers, children and families across the nation. CCAoA will continue to fight for and… Read more »

The 2018-2019 Child Care Policy Platform Highlights Critical Role of Nation’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

While it is difficult to find agreement on many of our nation’s priorities, one thing is for sure – There is unprecedented agreement that child care is a critical issue in the United States today. In fact, a recent poll found that 97 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Independents, and 87 percent of Republicans,… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Awarded One-Year-Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Funding will power development of “Child Care Data Center” to streamline access, affordability and quality for families and providers through clear data WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), with support from a grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will develop and test a web portal to drive improvements in the… Read more »

Child Care is Unaffordable Across the Nation

That’s the bottom line from CCAoA’s just-published report on Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017. Our signature annual report is now in its eleventh year and this year, as in previous years, child care represents one of the most significant expenses in parents’ budgets. In all regions of the country, families average… Read more »

UPDATED: A Message from Our Executive Director Regarding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Child Care Aware® of America supports initiatives by Congress that would strengthen access to affordable child care for all. Unfortunately, the House-passed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) fails to address the child care needs of working families by not providing sufficient tax relief and prioritizing expansion of critical tax credits, including the Child… Read more »

Mapping the Child Care Gaps Across the Country

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to announce the expansion of our child care deserts work with the release of the first two in a series of customized state-based interactive story maps, called Mapping the GapTM, that explores the gaps between child care supply and demand. CCAoA coined the term “child care desert” last fall… Read more »

Why I Closed My In-Home Child Care

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paul Coehlo, author of The Alchemist In the past four years since my son was born, I’ve said two difficult goodbyes to two careers that I loved. The struggle to make those decisions is not necessarily something I’d want to relive,… Read more »

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