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Child Care Programs Fare Very Well in Budget Agreement

Earlier this week, Congress and the Administration agreed to a FY 2017 omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal government through September 30. The bill, which is expected to pass and be signed into law in the next couple of days, includes nearly $5 billion in new funding for early education and health programs…. Read more »

Did You Miss the Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit? Here’s a Recap

We were excited to have more than 300 attendees join us for this year’s Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit on April 23-25 in Washington, D.C. Child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies and early child care professionals from various disciplines and settings joined us from across the nation to address policy, practice, and… 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 »

Our Chief of Policy Speaks to The Preschool Podcast on Impactful Advocacy for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America’s Chief of Policy, Michelle McCready had the pleasure of speaking with The Preschool Podcast, a platform for leaders in early childhood education to share their experiences, thoughts and insights in the world of early learning. During this podcast, Michelle talks about impactful advocacy.  Michelle provides vision, leadership, and management to the… Read more »

How Child Care Providers Play a Role in Childhood Immunizations

The health, safety and well-being of children is of primary concern for child care providers. As trusted professionals, child care providers often serve as a resource for new parents and families. One of the ways that child care providers can help ensure that children are healthy is to encourage that families follow the childhood immunization… Read more »

Month of the Military Child: Our Executive Director’s Story

Fireworks went off when I was born…or at least that is what my Mom told me. I think it was more like flares than fireworks.  You see I was born while my Dad was deployed to Vietnam. Apparently, nothing could keep my Mom, a very young mother, from calling her husband about his second-born daughter’s… Read more »

Legislation Protecting Children in Disasters

Child Care Aware® of America’s Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness, Andrew Roszak, is keeping track of all things disaster-related. He recently authored an in-depth look at recent federal initiatives aimed at protecting children in disasters, which appears at Domestic Preparedness.com Emergencies and disasters can have a profound impact on children. From 2004-2012, less than $0.01 of every… Read more »

Family Voices, Quality Choices

In May, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will begin piloting the Family Voices, Quality Choices resource suite—a collection of child care consumer information and outreach materials—at two Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies for a period of four months. Child Care Services Association in North Carolina and Child Care Aware® of Kansas have partnered… Read more »

Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation for Child Care/New York State Department of Health

It was a news article that changed the arc of Carla Wallin’s career. In the early 2000s, the article reported the results of a research study on breastfeeding rates in the U.S. Rates were falling, and the dip was associated with women returning to work or school after giving birth. That did not sit well… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Barb Sinner

Spotlight Barb Sinner, Barb’s Daycare, West Fargo, ND The Problem Barb has two goals: 1) to give the children in her care lots of time for movement and play, and 2) to prepare them for kindergarten. Can she do both well? The Solution Yes, by adopting a preschool program that marries learning and movement. How… Read more »

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