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Child Care Aware® of America Announces New Board of Directors

These distinguished individuals provide diverse views and expertise to further the mission of quality, affordable child care for all WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Members of the Board have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of our national organization and… 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 »

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 »

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Congress Approves Bill That Provides Strong Support for Child Care Programs

Last night, the House of Representatives completed the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (it also includes the Department of Defense’s budget) that, once again, honors the two-year congressional budget agreement by prioritizing funding for early childhood and child care programs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will… Read more »

Statement from the Executive Director on the Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule

“Science has shown that when children experience stressful or toxic environments, it is traumatic for future development, which is why it is critical to ensure that children and families who need access to basic services such as food, housing, health and child care can access it,” said Dr. Lynette M. Fraga, executive director of Child Care Aware®… 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 »

Senate Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave for Working Families

On July 11, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy hosted a hearing examining the importance of paid family leave.  Subcommittee Chairman, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sponsored the hearing and witnesses included Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Dr. Andrew Biggs from… Read more »

Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?

For more than 10 years, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has reported on the unaffordability of child care for parents in states across the country. We’ve been expanding that reporting by diving deeper into county-level costs and exploring national, state-and community-level financing solutions to provide working families with some relief. Even as we’ve kept… Read more »

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The Child Care and Development Fund: What CCR&Rs Should Know

Thanks to the strong advocacy efforts of our network, on March 23, Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included a $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the largest discretionary funding increase in history. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) authorized the Child Care… Read more »

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New Child Care Affordability Legislation Introduced

New Hampshire Senator, Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), just reintroduced the “Right Start Child Care and Education Act,” which would help make child care more affordable for working class families by amending the federal tax code. Specifically, the Senator’s legislation proposes the following: Increase outdated dollar limits on child care expenses for families.  In particular, the bill… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Stress and Provider Health

The problem: Working in child care can be stressful and take a toll on many facets of a providers’ health, including oral health.  One solution: Stress and Health, the most recent tip sheet in the “Brush Up on Oral Health” series.  This resource explains the ways in which long-term stress can cause problems with your… Read more »

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 »

Krista Scott Appointed to Division for Early Childhood Executive Board

The DEC promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. The DEC Board focuses their time and effort on ensuring accountability of the organization to fulfill its organizational purposes. Scott is an experienced child health… 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 »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources for Child Care Providers to Make Healthy Choices

The problem: Child care providers care for and promote the health and wellness of our nation’s children but struggle to make healthy choices for themselves.  One solution: The Move Your Way campaign, which provides information and strategies for meeting the updated Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans  With all the fitness fads and conflicting health advice out there, it can… 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 »

Statement from CCAoA on the Passing of President George H.W. Bush

As our nation mourns a president, child care advocates are mourning one of the fiercest defenders of critical child care infrastructures. President Bush pledged his continued support of the National Commission on Children, paving the way for key legislative victories including the establishment of the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and the Children’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 »

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