Category: Providers

Health Resource Spotlight: Stress and Provider Health

The problem: Working in child care can be stressful and take a toll on many facets of a providers’ health, including oral health.  One solution: Stress and Health, the most recent tip sheet in the “Brush Up on Oral Health” series.  This resource explains the ways in which long-term stress can cause problems with your… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources for Child Care Providers to Make Healthy Choices

The problem: Child care providers care for and promote the health and wellness of our nation’s children but struggle to make healthy choices for themselves.  One solution: The Move Your Way campaign, which provides information and strategies for meeting the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans  With all the fitness fads and conflicting health advice out there, it can… 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 »

Resource and Referral’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding

Some families where breast milk is milk of choice don’t always rely on the mother to handle feeding. Sometimes, the mom pumps milk so that co-parents or other family members participate in the feeding process—and sometimes provide breast milk to child care providers to feed infants too.   While not every family is able to breastfeed their baby, many families who… 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 »

National Infant Immunization Week is Only A Week Away

From April 21 – 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with partners, community leaders, healthcare professionals and stakeholders, will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities…. Read more »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting: Lessons Learned

The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past week were truly horrific. During six minutes of gunfire, fourteen students and three faculty members were killed and 15 were wounded. Sadly, active shooter situations are becoming all too common. As we think about how best to prepare, the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting offered some… Read more »

The Lifetime Influence Child Care Providers Have on Children and Families

Like many, I started providing child care as a means of supplementing family income while being able to stay home with my own children. I had previous experience in my teenage years as a steady date-night sitter and as a substitute at a center. I intended to be a provider for a few years. My… 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 »

Investing in Early Childhood Pays Off

Would you take this deal? Buy one year of college, get three more for no additional cost. A no-brainer, right? That’s similar to what happens when society invests in early childhood programs such as high quality child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, and home visiting programs. For every dollar spent, between two and four… Read more »

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