Category: Reports and Research

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…

Child Care is a Community Issue

Imagine a world where all children start their lives with high-quality education, where all parents can go to workknowing their child is safe, where the folks doing the important work of teaching our youngest all have access to benefits and fair wages. This is far from our reality today, but this is our vision. It… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Report Shows Snapshot of Child Care Landscape Nationally and At State Level

Washington, DC – Today, Child Care Aware® of America released its 2018 Checking In: A Snapshot of the Child Care Landscape, a report that summarizes the supply and demand for child care in each state, the average cost of licensed and accredited child care, and the services provided by Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)… Read more »

The 2018 State Fact Sheets Shows How the Current Landscape is Affecting Working Families

The evidence is clear – children who participate in high-quality programs during their early years demonstrate lasting effects in IQ, boosted academic and economic achievement, and lower incidences of childhood obesity and chronic illness. With nearly 15 million children under 6 who may need child care each day, the stakes have never been higher for… Read more »

Mapping the Gaps in Infant & Toddler Care Supply and Demand

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to release four new story maps examining gaps in child care supply and demand  for infants and toddlers. Child care slots for children age birth to three can be both difficult to find and unaffordable for many  families. Our Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) partners in Alaska,… Read more »

Is it time?

I have a few more months until I can say I have officially finished school. I will have a newly minted master’s degree in social work with a lot of opportunity ahead of me (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Unfortunately, I feel I am being a bit too optimistic because, let’s be… Read more »

The 2018-2019 Child Care Policy Platform Highlights Critical Role of Nation’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

While it is difficult to find agreement on many of our nation’s priorities, one thing is for sure – There is unprecedented agreement that child care is a critical issue in the United States today. In fact, a recent poll found that 97 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Independents, and 87 percent of Republicans,… Read more »

Child Care is Unaffordable Across the Nation

That’s the bottom line from CCAoA’s just-published report on Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017. Our signature annual report is now in its eleventh year and this year, as in previous years, child care represents one of the most significant expenses in parents’ budgets. In all regions of the country, families average… Read more »

Mapping the Child Care Gaps Across the Country

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to announce the expansion of our child care deserts work with the release of the first two in a series of customized state-based interactive story maps, called Mapping the GapTM, that explores the gaps between child care supply and demand. CCAoA coined the term “child care desert” last fall… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America’s New Story Maps Show States’ Child Care Gaps

First data-rich interactive maps show vast gaps in MA and AK WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America today released the first in its series of data-rich story maps of state child care gaps. The first interactive maps showed that one in four children in Alaska’s working families and two in five children in Massachusetts’s… Read more »

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