Category: Resource and Referral Agencies

Provider Appreciation Day: A Call for Pay, Preparation and Promotion of Our Early Childhood Educators

May 9 is the day we celebrate our nation’s child care providers, early childhood educators and teachers. And while we celebrate, we also must reflect on how we acknowledge their commitment to children through pay, professional preparation, and promotion of the field as an essential driver supporting the healthy development of children. Low pay, big… Read more »

2014 Symposium Kicks Off With a Great Start

Read about days 2 and 3 of the 2014 Symposium Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), received the Sandra J. Skolnik Public Policy Leadership Award during the opening session for the… Read more »

1K for Kids: Participate in Symposium From Home!

This year at Symposium, we’re asking everyone to help continue the momentum for children in child care. You created a social stir during our Reddit AMA event and helped generate thousands of emails to push the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) through the Senate. Now, you can join us for… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America member testifies before House Subcommittee for CCR&R perspective on CCDBG Reauthorization

Editor’s Note:  On Tuesday, March 25, Paula Koos, executive director of Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA),  testified  before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, which is chaired by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN).  We asked Paula to share some of her testimony and a little bit… Read more »

California Makes Progress Ensuring Basic Health, Safety of Children in Licensed Child Care

Guest blog from Kim Johnson, Public Policy Director, California Child Care Resource and Referral Network. Editor’s Note: Child Care Aware® of America participated in a story with a California investigative reporting team writing about families’ access to licensing and inspection information on child care in their state. The story, which also featured an interview with… Read more »

Sandra J. Skolnik, a Woman Who Made a Difference

March is Women’s History Month and in that spirit we’re proud to host an award that honors an incredible woman, Sandra “Sandy” J. Skolnik. Sandy Skolnik grew up with a working mother and knew the balancing act that required, though during her childhood having a mother working outside the home was the exception. That perspective… Read more »

Raise Your Hand Discussion Continued at Symposium

Child Care Aware® of America hosted its first Raise Your Hand for Child Care virtual event. This event included a live reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) and Twitter chat to conclude our Raise Your Hand for Child Care five-month webinar series, which was created to build awareness about federal and state policy opportunities to support child… Read more »

Virginia Progress on Background Checks for Child Care Providers

Guest Blog by Sharon Veatch, Executive Director, Child Care Aware® of Virginia At Symposium in 2013, I met Elly Lafkin, one of Child Care Aware® of America’s parent leaders, whose baby, Camden, died in a child care program in Shenandoah, Virginia in 2012. It was heartbreaking to hear that during the police investigation of Camden’s death,… Read more »

2013: Setting the Stage for Young Children in 2014

For years Child Care Aware® of America has shared one message: affordable, high quality child care matters. It matters for children and it matters for families. This year, the White House took notice, with President Obama making expanded opportunities for high quality child care and early learning not just a part of his policy agenda,… Read more »

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 »

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