Category: Resource and Referral Agencies

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 »

What is QRIS? Webinar Series Continues Thursday

As Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) have expanded across the country, states are focusing on the “I,” improving quality. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are important players in the quality improvement landscape and have a large stake in the structure and functioning of QRIS. Our “Raise Your Hand” webinar series continues on… 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 »

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 »

3 Communication Tips From the Maryland Family Network

Guest Blogger: Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs Specialist What does a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency do every day? Members of the Child Care Aware® of America communications team wanted to find out. We traveled to Maryland to spend a day with the Maryland Family Network (MFN) leadership team, including Steve Rhode, Deputy… Read more »

Oklahoma Has the Spirit

Oklahoma’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) community kicked off the state’s annual leadership meeting in the Oklahoma City Zoo Aquarium Building last month. I was thrilled to be one of the speakers as part of a two-day visit to the state. It was the first time I shared speaking time with a seal, who… Read more »

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