Family Voices Blog/Vlog Series

 

Welcome to our Family Voices Blog/Vlog series! These stories, written by families like you, will elevate the contemporary triumphs, challenges, and opportunities present in their local child care settings and the child care system as a whole. So, grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while you immerse yourself in the real-world child care experiences of families from across the nation.

 

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Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention and Response

by Guest Blogger, Amber, mother of two

Child Care Aware® of America stands alongside families, providers, and the public in our shared commitment to the safety and well-being of children in child care. In 2016, an estimated 676,000[1] children in the United States were victims of neglect or abuse. A small fraction of that total – 2,104 substantiated cases – involved a child care provider. That’s unacceptable and a legitimate cause for concern among families and the general public. Continue reading to meet Amber, a mother of two young children living in the Midwest. She believes her story is a cautionary example of how flaws in how reports of child maltreatment are investigated and substantiated may lead to dismissal of legitimate cases.

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Public Investments in Early Care and Education Could Help End Poverty

by Ashley Dodge, Family Advocate

Achievement gaps start early for children in families with low incomes. Access to high-quality early care and education programs help young children develop social and emotional, language, and academic skills needed to succeed. In this blog, you will hear from Ashley, a family advocate who uses her personal experience to make the case for why it’s important for states and communities to invest in early care and learning programs as one strategy for ensuring the next generation has the skills they need to overcome poverty.

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Share Your Child Care Story!

Parent experiences with child care are both important and impactful! These stories can have a huge impact with regard to policy decisions; for example, they can help policymakers understand that they need to work to make child care more affordable or that the quality of child care needs to be improved.

Your voice matters, and your story can make a difference in the safety, quality, and affordability of child care!

We invite you to use the link below to share your child care story and would love to hear your thoughts on any of the following:

  • provider compensation
  • child care search, helpful child care information
  • important considerations when choosing a child care provider
  • relationship with child care provider
  • the cost of child care, biggest child care related challenge
  • determining high-quality child care
  • keeping your child safe in a child care setting
  • finding child care for a child with special needs

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