Category: Families / Programs

Why I’m Not Having Children…At Least Not Anytime Soon

The most recent data shows that millennials are having children later in life than the generation before them. According to a study by Goldman Sachs, the median age for millennials to get married has increased from 23 to 30! As I get older, I am bombarded with the following question: “When are you going to… Read more »

December 2016 Footnotes

Following the close of 2016, we look back and reflect on our many accomplishments—from the launch of our 10th Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report to the start of our Child Care Works movement, just to name a few. This year we have experienced tremendous growth and a steady dose of positive… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

Submit Your Proposal to Help Disseminate High-Quality Child Care Information to Vulnerable Families

Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement. While all families with young children benefit from an awareness and knowledge of high-quality, affordable child care options that match their need for safe, healthy, and developmentally appropriate care, children from economically challenged… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Celebrates Military Family Appreciation Month

Child care has become a major issue this election season, highlighted throughout the debates and presidential candidate platforms alike. The focus has mainly been on families and the challenges they face when seeking high-quality, affordable child care. For military families this can be especially difficult. According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military… Read more »

CCAoA Poll Explores How and What Parents Look for in Quality Child Care

On August 8, Child Care Aware® of America formerly launched a Child Care Information Poll. The poll generated 255 responses from parents around the nation. We would like to thank all who participated in and shared this poll. We also congratulate the winner of the $50 gift card drawing, awarded to a parent located in… Read more »

Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF

By Kim Engelman, Chief, Family & Community Engagement Join Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) for a webinar on serving homeless children under the Child Care and Development Fund Program. Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF [The webinar has already passed – but you can find… Read more »

Administration Releases New Head Start Performance Standards

The Obama Administration released the long-anticipated Head Start Performance Standards late last week. The new rule allows for greater flexibility at the local level and puts great emphasis on family engagement. The final rule will go into effect on November 7, 2016, however it does allow grantees more time to comply with the new regulations. For… Read more »

Back to School: Finding Quality Afterschool Child Care

Can you believe it? Some areas of the country are already in the back-to-school mode! I know because I’m beginning to see my friends post their “first day of school” pictures all over social media. I started a collection of those “first day of school” pictures when my children were very young. The ones where… Read more »

Calling All Parents: CCAoA Wants Your Input!

With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is excited to partner with child care resource and referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other related agencies to learn more about how families make child care choices. We are hosting family focus groups and key informant interviews with industry stakeholders across the… Read more »

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