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Virginia County Looks to Weaken Child Care!

Last week a front page story in the Washington Post shared the tragic death of 3-month-old Camden Lafkin in a Virginia child care program.  The child care provider and Camden’s cause of death are under investigation.  What is known is that the program was unlicensed.  (Virginia does not require an individual to obtain a child… Read more »

Virginia Needs an Overhaul of State Child Care Laws

A front page Washington Post story on Sunday, March 10, “After a baby’s death, a Virginia mother fights for stronger child care standards,” shared the tragic story of 3-month-old Camden Lafkin’s death in a Virginia child care program.  The child care provider and Camden’s cause of death are under investigation.  What is known is that… Read more »

Early Learning is an Economic Development Strategy

This week in Washington, President Obama shared his vision for strengthening early learning throughout America.  In the President’s State of the Union address and also in a visit to a preschool program in Decatur, Georgia, the President talked about the importance of early learning settings and the reality that there is a direct relationship between… Read more »

Are Children Safe? It’s Time to Ask. It’s Time to Act.

Last week, for the fifth year, Rep. Jill Schupp (D-Creve Coeur) in Missouri introduced a bill to save children’s lives.   The bill is called “Nathan’s Law,” after a 3-month-old infant in Missouri who died in a child care program. What’s the issue?  Under Missouri law, a child care license is not required until four children… Read more »

Affordable, Quality Child Care Campaign

Child Care Aware® of America’s Affordable, Quality Child Care Campaign We’re building a nationwide movement, a campaign to expand access to affordable, quality child care.  Every week, nearly 11 million children are in some type of child care setting – on average for about 35 hours.  Our studies show that the quality of child care… Read more »

Safe Child Care: Violence Prevention

Nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting every week – on average for 35 hours.  The recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, is a reminder that we need to review our nation’s child care policies and practices to ensure that children are safe in child care settings. Emergency… Read more »

Progress Toward Quality Child Care

The Year in Review Child Care Aware®of America’s quality child care campaign kicks off another year today on the journey for affordable, safe, quality child care for all children.  How are we doing? What markers have we achieved to date? The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to… Read more »

Join Senator Mikulski — Any Budget Deal Should Put Children First!

Congressional leaders are currently negotiating a new budget framework to avoid the fiscal cliff (i.e, the across-the-board cuts scheduled to occur on January 2 combined with the expiration of a number of tax breaks scheduled to expire later this month).   At issue are efforts to avoid an across-the-board cut that is scheduled to occur… Read more »

Parents Want Affordable, Quality Child Care!

Child Care Aware® of America is partnering with Parents Magazine to urge Congress to focus on the child care crisis. Click here to see the article in the December issue of Parents. The federal law that allocates funds to states for child care is the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). It has very… Read more »

Child Care Training Can Save Lives!

This week, Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Charles Poston dismissed a felony charge of child cruelty against a child care director who ran a program where 7-week-old Dylan Cummings died in May of 2010.  What happened? What’s the issue? Like “A Tale of Two Cities,” a Charles Dickens’ novel, this is a story of two types… Read more »

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