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As Hispanic Heritage Month Comes to a Close, Look to the Future!

Latinos are a vibrant, and as we have been reminded of recently, resilient people. Today’s Latinos are over 55 million strong, making up nearly 20 percent of the American population. Even as one of the fastest-growing demographics, Latinos are seldom invited to have a seat at the table, in particular, when it comes to decision-making… Read more »

Family Engagement: What IS IT and What Does It LOOK LIKE?

Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement, many of whom spend 30 hours or more per week in out of home care.  Over 100,000 of Kansas children are served through Kansas early care programs. Early care and education settings are… Read more »

September 2017 Footnotes

In September we celebrated National Preparedness Month, and with it the beginning of hurricane season. Our emergency preparedness team has been hard at work, connecting with parents and child care providers and proving support, tools, and resources to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Child Care Aware® of America is also finalizing plans… Read more »

Congress Will Miss Deadline on Extending Funding for Children’s Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs

With the authorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) initiative expiring tomorrow, September 30, Congress will miss the deadline for extending these critical programs. Unfortunately, this lapse in funding could put many programs at-risk of closing and deny children access to health… Read more »

Student Parents Add Child Care to Their School Supply Lists

Unfortunately, students with children are especially unlikely to complete higher education programs within six years of enrollment and only 33 percent of those students will earn a degree or certification in that time. When compared to families with low-incomes, the disparity is even greater. Student parents devote more than 30 hours per week to dependent care and… Read more »

Riding Out the Storm

We got hit by a tornado on a Sunday afternoon in late May. It was a holiday weekend, so most of our neighbors were out of town. I was out shopping in Forest Lake with my 4 year old, and my husband was at home.  We were experiencing a terrible storm in Forest Lake—it was… Read more »

Where in the World? Visualizing Data through Mapping

Where are child care programs located? How many children attend child care programs? Where can I find child care after 8 p.m.? Answering these questions is important as parents attempt to navigate the when, where, how and who of securing quality, affordable child care. Additionally, these questions become important after a disaster, particularly as communities… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Margo Sipes

Spotlight Margo Sipes, Executive Director, Downtown Baltimore Child Care, Inc. The Problem Young children need active play in order to grow up healthy—but how much active play? The Solution The more, the better. How She Did It Margo Sipes is a firm believer that young children don’t learn by sitting at desks. Rather, they learn… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Understanding Preschool Expulsion

The Problem: In the past few months, much has been written about the too-common issue of preschool expulsion. Where can early childhood educators turn if they want to better understand the issue, its root causes, and how they can become part of the solution? One Solution: The National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness… Read more »

New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

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