Category: Health and Safety

Safe Child Care: Violence Prevention

Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting every week – on average for 35 hours.  The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, is a reminder that we need to review our nation’s child care policies and practices to ensure that children are safe in child care settings. Emergency… Read more »

Progress Toward Quality Child Care

The Year in Review Child Care Aware®of America’s quality child care campaign kicks off another year today on the journey for affordable, safe, quality child care for all children.  How are we doing? What markers have we achieved to date? The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to… Read more »

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 »

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