Category: Health and Safety

Parents Want Affordable, Quality Child Care!

Child Care Aware® of America is partnering with Parents Magazine to urge Congress to focus on the child care crisis. Click here to see the article in the December issue of Parents. The federal law that allocates funds to states for child care is the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). It has very… Read more »

Child Care Training Can Save Lives!

This week, Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Charles Poston dismissed a felony charge of child cruelty against a child care director who ran a program where 7-week-old Dylan Cummings died in May of 2010.  What happened? What’s the issue? Like “A Tale of Two Cities,” a Charles Dickens’ novel, this is a story of two types… Read more »

Juggling Sick Children and Child Care

If you’re a parent with a young child in child care, chances are you’ve had a call to pick up your child due to some type of illness.  Nearly 11 million children under age 6 are in some type of child care every week.  As every parent knows, colds happen.  Other illnesses happen too, but… Read more »

Child Care Training Matters!

In a survey by the National Center for Early Development and Learning, nearly half (46 percent) of kindergarten teachers in a nationwide sample said that over half of the children in their class weren’t ready to succeed in school. Why?  Before we get out the magic wand and with Harry Potter-like precision create pre-kindergarten programs… Read more »

Calling on Mothers – Time to Speak Up!

Last week in Washington, D.C., David Gray and Lisa Guernsey from the New America Foundation’s Workforce and Family Program and Early Education Initiative, led a panel discussion entitled, “Speaking Up: What the Presidential Candidates Should be Saying about Child Care and Early Learning.” In looking at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one… Read more »

Child Care Training Matters!

Playground accidents happen, just ask any parent.  A scraped elbow, a scraped knee, but on September 9,  19-month-old Faith Phillips died from injuries she sustained  just a few days before at a licensed child care center in Wasilla, Alaska. What happened?  A parent’s worst nightmare.  The toddler’s head became stuck in a hole in some… Read more »

Are Children in Child Care Safe During Disasters?

Too many states fail to ensure the safety of children in child care during disasters During normal working hours – which total more than 2,000 hours a year – the safety of nearly 68 million children is in the hands of school officials and child care providers.  Most parents logically assume that when they drop… Read more »

Child Care Inspections Promote Children’s Safety

In a Pennsylvania child care setting, 17-month-old Warren died in an outdated and unsafe crib that trapped his head in a corner. Sadly, an inspection could have made a difference — potentially saving his life. Unfortunately, too many states do not inspect child care programs on a regular basis. California only inspects child care centers… Read more »

Joshua’s Story

Joshua Minton’s parents did what many parents do when looking for child care. They asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations. They selected a provider for their son Joshua. They didn’t know that the provider had been cited over a period of years for numerous safety violations in state inspection reports. Several times, the provider… Read more »

Jacob’s Story

Avonda Fox of Texas suffered a horrific loss when her 4-year-old son, Jacob, died due to negligence by a child care center.  Jacob was left in a van for an unknown period of time in 103 degree heat. To elude police of guilt, Jacob’s body was placed at a local park.  When the child care… Read more »

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