Category: Families / Programs

Celebrating Family Voices

In 2018, families joined Child Care Aware® of America in a shared mission to move the needle on quality and affordable child care forward. Several issues topped their list of concerns:  Child care is one of their biggest expenses, outpacing rent/mortgage payments and college tuition in many states  Many communities experience shortages in quality child… Read more »

Fee Assistance Programs: Serving and Supporting Our Military Families

Deployments, trainings, frequent moves, new schools…our nation’s military families endure a high amount of stress and change. Finding child care is yet another challenge that military families face. Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) partners with the Armed Forces and other Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies to make life a little easier for these families… Read more »

Toy Safety: Making Safe Choices This Holiday Season So Children Can Have Fun

The holiday season is a great time for family, friends and fun. It’s also a time for giving gifts, especially for our excited little ones. When purchasing toys for our little ones, it’s important that they are not only age appropriate but safe. In 2017, there were an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in U.S…. Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Second Cohort of Vroom Ambassadors

Ambassadors will use the brain science embedded in Vroom to help families and providers build stronger communities WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) announced the second cohort of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Vroom ambassadors. These selected agencies will strategically embed Vroom brain-building tips and materials in their local family and… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Second Cohort of Vroom Ambassadors Ambassadors will use the brain science embedded in Vroom to help families and providers build stronger communities

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) announced the second cohort of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Vroom ambassadors. These selected agencies will strategically embed Vroom brain-building tips and materials in their local family and community outreach services. As part of an expanded partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, CCAoA will deepen… Read more »

Support for Those Impacted by CA Wildfires: A Note from Our Deputy Executive Director

Child Care Aware® of America stands with our friends in California who are working tirelessly to support children and families who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. The organization will continue to support our members and partners through our emergency preparedness work, offering resources and assistance. If you would like to donate to the… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table

The Problem:  Early childhood programs are great places to help children learn good health habits, including oral health habits. But having children brush one at a time at the sink can be messy and time consuming.  One Solution:  A group activity known as toothbrushing at the table, in which children and staff sit around a… Read more »

Child Care and US: How Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Can Help

As a single parent, Sheena struggled to find high-quality, affordable child care. She found a child care resource and referral agency that helped her find the balance of affordability and quality. Listen to her story:     More than 11 million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the…

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate By Sosha Chaney, Parent Advocate Child Care Aware® of America believes that every family has an important perspective to be considered when making decisions in child care and early learning programs, state systems and nationwide. We recently sat down with Sosha, a vocal child care… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem  By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  One Solution  The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  Providers in centers and family child care… Read more »

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