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Senate Unveils Draft Health Care Repeal Legislation

Earlier today, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released draft legislation, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA),” that would change or eliminate major provisions of the federal health care law. As a reminder, the House passed its health repeal and replace plan, the “American Health Care Act of 2017” (AHCA), last month…. Read more »

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House Passes Legislation That Could Put Access to Health Care for Millions of Children and Families At Risk

On May 4, the House of Representatives barely passed H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” on a party-line vote. H.R. 1628 would replace the “Affordable Care Act of 2010,” and if enacted into law, it could result in more than 20 million people losing access to health insurance, as well as millions… Read more »

Trumps Tax Plan Fall Short of the Child Care Support Families Desperately Need

This week, the Trump Administration released a broad tax proposal to Congress which includes expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) with the possibility of making it refundable. Child Care Aware® of America appreciates the Administration’s efforts to help families afford and have access to child care. However, as an organization committed to… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Kira Boothe

Spotlight Kira Boothe, Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter & Child Development Program, Phoenix, Arizona The Problem Families can stay at the shelter a maximum of 120 days. What lasting change can the Child Development Program make in young children’s lives? The Solution Introduce the children to fresh, healthy foods and information about the benefits of… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Child Care Licensing Database Launch

For nearly a decade, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has established expectations for and documented states’ standards and oversight for child care licensing. Our research reports, We Can Do Better: 2013 and Leaving Children to Chance: 2012, respectively assessed and ranked states’ child care licensing standards for center-based child care, and for small family… Read more »

Guest Blog: Prevent to Protect – A Mother’s Experience with the Unheard of Viral Cause of a Birth Defect

Most women have never heard of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (less than 9%) but they need to know about this virus if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. CMV is a common and sometimes serious virus for a pregnant woman and her unborn child. June is National CMV Awareness Month If you read “The Danger of… Read more »

A Dad’s Perspective: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

February 24, 2012 was the day my life changed! I became a father to a precious baby girl. As a newly minted parent, I wanted to provide the best possible life for her. My wife was fortunate to have banked enough vacation and sick time to stay home for the first 12 weeks after birth,… Read more »

Guest Blog: Partnering with Vroom to Share Powerful Tools and Resources for Diverse Families

Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can turn everyday activities like bath time and meal time into opportunities that build their children’s brains. The Vroom Partnership at Child Care Aware® of America is made up of ten Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies… Read more »

The Accountant and Child Care Advocacy: Part One

You may be wondering how you landed on an article written by a CPA that is not related to a technical issue? Allow me to explain. Recently, my wife and I received an opportunity to attend the Child Care Aware® of America’s 2017 Family Advocacy Summit. This 3 part series will take you through the… Read more »

May 2017 Footnotes

Along with the month of May comes a multitude of work around our upcoming public policy research projects, several of which are on track for release this summer. Activities and excitement around our 30th anniversary continue, planning for our 2018 Symposium have begun, and we are pleased to share details around several new initiatives, including… Read more »

Preparing for Hurricanes

It’s that time of the year, to be sure we are ready for hurricanes. Preparing in advance has numerous advantages, not the least of which is preventing the last-minute scramble when a hurricane is bearing down and shelves and supplies are depleted. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15, and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1… Read more »

The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children

Everyone agrees toddlers are cute–and they are! But if you are a daycare worker, a nursery volunteer, or have a toddler in daycare, you need to know about cytomegalovirus (CMV). What is CMV?  The month of June is National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. CMV, or cytomegalovirus (sī-to-MEG-a-lo-vī-rus), is a common virus, according to CongenitalCMV.org. Between 50-80% of… Read more »

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