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The 114th Congress Ends and President Obama Signs His Final Bills Into Law

During the late hours of December 9, the Senate avoided a government shutdown and approved H.R. 2028, a continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the Federal government until April 28, 2017. CRs, which are used is the absence of a final budget bill, are funded at the same levels appropriated for the previous fiscal year (2016). In… Read more »

November 2016 Footnotes

As the leaves change and the weather starts to turn cold, we shift our attention to important end-of-the year work, which includes the launch of our 10th Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report. Visit usa.childcareaware.org/costofcare for more information on this year’s report, which includes both state and county-level data on the cost… Read more »

Evaluating the Impact of Expensive Child Care on Families, Businesses, and the Economy

Child care is expensive—this fact is not new. In fact, our recently released 10th edition of the Parents and the High Cost of Child Care report reveals a continued trend of the burden that families face in finding and funding quality child care, to include: Millennial parents who are saddled with mountains of debt, Grandparents… Read more »

Report Shows Child Care Too Expensive for Today’s Families

Quality, Affordable Child Care Out of Reach for Most Americans, Costing More than a Year’s College Tuition, Housing, Transportation, or Food Arlington, VA, December 7, 2016  – Child Care Aware® of America’s (CCAoA) 10th annual report researching child care costs in counties and states across the U.S. shows families can’t afford child care in 49… Read more »

Obama Administration Releases Final ESSA Regulations

Earlier today, the Department of Education published the final regulations to implement the “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015.”  The final ESSA regulations are designed to support states in maximizing their opportunities under the new law. The final regulations are categorized in the following manner: Accountability – A more comprehensive picture of school success;… Read more »

Election Debrief: Child Care Advocacy in the Trump Administration

Last week, Child Care Aware® of America’s policy team hosted a webinar that provided a debrief on the 2016 election. The presentation included details on key staff for the incoming Trump Administration, the breakdown of the membership of the 115th Congress, and the results of numerous elections at the state level. Our team also reviewed… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America to Host Facebook Live Panel with Advocates on Election Results and What’s Next for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America is hosting a Facebook Live panel discussion on November 29 at 9 a.m. EST to talk with parents about the new landscape after the presidential election and what you can do to make child care is a priority. The panel will include compelling personal stories from three families who are… Read more »

Leaving for Logan: Looking for an Oasis in a Child Care Desert

The importance of high-quality, affordable child care affects everyone. In the spirit of the holiday giving season, Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to share with you a special edition story in Faces of Child Care, a series of stories from individuals of various walks of life who are affected by child care. Read Ashley’s… Read more »

Whole-Grain Rich Foods—What’s That?

Confused by the new grain requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)? You’ll be happy to know that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a memorandum that spells out exactly what CACFP means by “whole-grain rich” foods. The new requirements apply to CACFP centers and CACFP participating child care… Read more »

Report on Media Use and How It Affects Young Children

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Children and Adolescents and Digital Media explores new recommendations for children’s media use. The report covers what we currently know about media use and how it affects young children and adolescents and makes recommendations for pediatricians and parents. These recommendations are designed to help… Read more »

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