Category: Affordability

Child Care Provider Reacts to Cost of Care Report

Child Care Aware® of America’s Parents and the High Cost of Care: 2013 Report received a huge reaction from the media – more than 250 references in the news, reaching an estimated 2 million readers and viewers. In the report we noted child care is one of the lowest paying professional fields and one of… Read more »

Harkin, Miller, Hanna Propose Strong Start for America’s Children Act

Today, Congress sent a clear message to the nation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 in the Senate and House, respectively. Flanked by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and actress Jennifer Garner, Harkin and Miller introduced the bill before… Read more »

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: A Report

Child care is unaffordable for many families. The costs leave children in questionable environments that can have long-term consequences for them and for our nation’s future. We explore and analyze these costs in our annual report, released today, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report. The report lays out the cost of… Read more »

It’s Not About Free Child Care

In an Oct 17 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Red Jahncke, asserts  universal preschool programs are really about “…Providing parents with free day care under the guise of education.”  We disagree. This conversation is not about “free daycare” but rather the availability of quality, affordable and accessible early learning programs, which include child… Read more »

Early Childhood Education Major + College Degree = Low Pay

We ask a lot of our child care and early learning providers. We expect them to provide children safe learning environments, engage them in thoughtful activities and prepare them for school success. We prefer providers to have coursework, training and experience in early education and development, to know about and master content covering topics from… Read more »

Congress Must Act to Mitigate Impact of Shutdown on Families

We are more than two weeks into the federal government “shutdown.” The negative consequences of the shutdown for children and families across the country are very real. Essentially, when the new fiscal year began on October 1, there was no money for most programs that have to be funded annually by Congress. This partial shutdown… Read more »

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Moves Onward

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 out of Committee. A lot has changed in the past two decades and it’s been 17 years since the last reauthorization. This legislation places emphasis on promoting policies that will contribute to the safety… Read more »

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