Category: Families / Programs

Are Family Child Care Businesses Adequately Prepared for the Impact of a Disaster?

Potential Gaps in Insurance Coverage On Memorial Day weekend of 2008, an EF3 tornado struck Hugo, Minnesota, a commuter town north of downtown St. Paul. Winds ranged from 136-165 mph, and the tornado’s path was six miles long and one-eighth mile wide. Since it was a holiday weekend, Christine, a family child care provider, was… Read more »

Vroom Resources Promote Healthy Brain Development

Vroom materials have been a wonderful resource to integrate into our existing programs. When parents call requesting a child care search, we engage in conversation about child development and reaffirm to each parent the special role they play as being their child’s first and most important teacher. As families enroll in our financial assistance program… Read more »

The Next Chapter: Knocking on the Door to Kindergarten

It hardly seems possible that we are in the midst of transitioning from preschool to kindergarten with our oldest child. How did that curious little infant we had 5 years ago move so quickly through toddlerhood and preschool? Yet, we are rapidly approaching the first day of kindergarten and a host of emotions that come… Read more »

Family Voices Successful at Driving Federal Policy

In the Spring of 2017, families from across the nation joined early care and education system professionals in Washington, D.C. These families traveled from all four corners of the United States including Washington, California, Florida, Maine and 18 other states in between. It was incredible to witness the diversity this group encompassed and their passion… Read more »

From One Family to Another: Tips to Make the Transition Easier

As a mom who has experience in transitioning children from child care to school, I’d like to share some tips with parents that are experiencing this for the first time this fall. My 9-year-old son has already made the transition from home child care to preschool, then to an elementary school to after school care…. Read more »

Sick, Absent, or Forgotten? How a Change in Routine Can Become Deadly in Minutes

Have you ever had a child in your child care program not arrive by her usual arrival time and simply rationalized that the child must be sick or on vacation today? My mission is to show you how this assumption can have lethal consequences for dozens of young children annually. How? Each year since 1998, an… Read more »

Guest Blog: Sharing Vroom with the Child Care Community

Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can turn everyday activities like bath time and meal time into opportunities that build their children’s brains. The Vroom Partnership at Child Care Aware® of America is made up of ten Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies… Read more »

The Exorbitant Cost of Child Care: A Millennial Parent Perspective

I am a 26-year-old single mother of a beautiful little girl. I love being a parent. But the cost of child care for a child under the age of two is so expensive in the Washington, DC metro area. More than half of my paycheck goes to child care. As millennial, that is not much… Read more »

VIDEO: The Struggle of Finding Affordable, Quality Care for a Child with Special Needs

Bianca, a single mother of a four-year-old son with special needs, faced the difficult choice of staying home to take care of her son or working herself into the ground to make ends meet. With the help of affordable, quality child care she was able to continue to work without worrying about the safety or… Read more »

The Accountant and Child Care Advocacy: Part Two

As I began to educate myself on what I had signed up for as a parent advocate at the Family Advocacy Summit, I soon realized the connections to the local community. I learned that Child Care Aware® of America is the national organization that supports each stateеs local Child Care Resource and Referral, in addition… Read more »

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