Category: Safety

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 »

5 Reasons the Reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Matters

The Senate will consider the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) as early as next week. As you know, this federal law outlines how child care funding and quality initiatives are funded in the states –yet it has not been reauthorized in over 17 years, making the Senate debate next week one… Read more »

Congratulations to Let’s Move! For Reaching Four Years

February marks the fourth anniversary of Let’s Move!, America’s Move to Raise a Healthier Generation of Kids. As a Let’s Move! Child Care partner, Child Care Aware® of America joins in celebrating this milestone. We have worked with Let’s Move! Child Care on many projects over the past years. Here are a few of our… 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 »

Congress Hears Call for Action, House and Senate Hold Hearings on Early Learning

House Education and the Workforce Committee Hearing: “As we examine the current federal early childhood education and care system this morning, my Republican colleagues and I believe we should discuss opportunities to streamline the mountain of existing federal programs, reduce regulatory burdens, and improve transparency to make it easier for providers and parents to understand… 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 »

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 »

Priced Out of Licensed Child Care?

“Many families are priced out of licensed child care services… the health and safety of those children are at risk.” –Lynette Fraga  CNN Money Raising a child will cost families more than $240,000 before a child’s 18th birthday an August 2013 US Department of Agriculture report showed. The second biggest expense in that $240,000? Child… Read more »

Today Show Sheds Light on Child Care

Elly and Cameron Lafkin’s daughter, Camden, died while in child care in 2012. Camden was 13 weeks old. The Today Show told the Lafkin’s story on Saturday, and I was honored to provide comment on the policy factors that contribute to tragedies like what happened to the Lafkins. As I said in the Today Show… Read more »

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