Category: Resource and Referral Agencies

Child Care Disaster Response and Recovery Webinar Series

The horrific damage caused by Hurricane Harvey on the Texas gulf coast reminds us of the profound impact that disasters have on children and adults, resulting in feelings of uncertainty for everyone. Young children do best when their lives have predictable caregivers, schedules, and settings. A disaster can throw all of those things off balance,… Read more »

Policies that Support Breastfeeding in Child Care Facilities

Helping children get off to a good, healthy start in life is one of the hallmarks of quality child care. It makes sense that quality child care programs would have policies in place that support good infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding. There are many reasons that child care should support breastfeeding families: Opportunities for family… Read more »

Family Voices, Quality Choices

In May, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will begin piloting the Family Voices, Quality Choices resource suite—a collection of child care consumer information and outreach materials—at two Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies for a period of four months. Child Care Services Association in North Carolina and Child Care Aware® of Kansas have partnered… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Web Services API Module for NDS

Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to announce the release of the Web Services Application Programming Interface (API) module for the National Data System (NDS) for Child Care suite of applications. APIs make some of a program’s internal functions available in a limited fashion to the outside world. They also make it possible for… Read more »

CCR&Rs: Fighting for Child Care, Fighting for You

The importance of high-quality, affordable child care affects everyone. Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to share with you our final story in Faces of Child Care, an eight-week series of stories from individuals of various walks of life who are affected by child care. Read Ann’s story to learn more about our local… Read more »

Building a User-Friendly Website to Support CCDBG Implementation

The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) requires that states develop consumer education information for Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) parents, providers, and the general public on the following topics: The availability of child care assistance The quality of child care providers (if available) Research and best practices in child development State/territory policies… Read more »

Happy 25th Anniversary to Child Care Aware of Kansas

Child Care Aware® of America wishes to congratulate Child Care Aware® of Kansas on their 25 years of dedication to children and families across the state. Upon acknowledging this important occasion of their 25th Anniversary, Child Care Aware® of America also appreciates Child Care Aware® of Kansas’ Executive Director, Leadell Ediger for her excellent leadership… Read more »

Keeping Children Safe on Child Health Day and Every Day

Child Health Day is October 30, and while we care about child health, nutrition, and obesity prevention every day of the year, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the specific issues of lead poisoning and fire safety. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31! To celebrate, let’s learn how to keep the… Read more »

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month

This week marks the 25th anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month, and kicks off the Latinos Achieve White House Initiative. Outgoing Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, describes the importance of the Latinos Achieve initiative to our children and our nation: “Today, nearly one in four students in our nation’s public schools is a Hispanic youth. Making… Read more »

Fulfilling the Promise of Early Childhood Education: Advancing Early Childhood Education As a Professional Field of Practice

By Stacie G. Goffin, Rhian Evans Allvin, Deb Flis, and Albert Wat Early childhood education (ECE) is in the spotlight as never before. Being in the limelight, however, has highlighted the field’s fragmentation and the variability in the quality of children’s formal early learning experiences. This reality is unlikely to change, though, unless the ECE… Read more »

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