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Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Passes Out of House, Moves to Senate

Last night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal 332-94, reducing the likelihood of another government shutdown and setting the stage for Senate action, expected next week.  The agreement, crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sets discretionary spending for two years and replaces a second round… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America Travels to the Golden State

The staff on-site from Child Care Aware® of America included Director of Policy Michelle Noth McCready, Senior Government Affairs Associate Nick Vucic, and Communications and Public Affairs Specialist Sara Miller. After introductions by the advocates, displaying the wide-range of backgrounds and professions present, the Child Care Aware® of America staff dove right into the complex… Read more »

Child Care Provider Reacts to Cost of Care Report

Child Care Aware® of America’s Parents and the High Cost of Care: 2013 Report received a huge reaction from the media – more than 250 references in the news, reaching an estimated 2 million readers and viewers. In the report we noted child care is one of the lowest paying professional fields and one of… Read more »

Harkin, Miller, Hanna Propose Strong Start for America’s Children Act

Today, Congress sent a clear message to the nation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 in the Senate and House, respectively. Flanked by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and actress Jennifer Garner, Harkin and Miller introduced the bill before… Read more »

Dissecting the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013

The bi-partisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013, introduced today by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Congressman George Miller (D-CA), and Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY), at an event on Capitol Hill sends a signal that the national conversation is just beginning around the importance of early learning. Senator Harkin, Rep. Miller, and Rep. Hanna… Read more »

What is QRIS? Webinar Series Continues Thursday

As Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) have expanded across the country, states are focusing on the “I,” improving quality. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are important players in the quality improvement landscape and have a large stake in the structure and functioning of QRIS. Our “Raise Your Hand” webinar series continues on… Read more »

Veterans Day at Child Care Aware® of America

November 11 is the day our nation pauses to honor our veterans for their service and their sacrifices. Parades are held, speeches are given and heartfelt thanks are conveyed. November is also Month of the Military Family, honoring those who support our service men and women. We are proud to have military families and veterans… Read more »

New Report Finds States Lacking in Background Checks and Inspections

On Monday, November 4, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General released a report on the monitoring of licensed child care providers. The findings, while displaying the dire state of child care licensing standards nationwide, are not surprising. The report found that 21 states do not require all licensed child… Read more »

Nevada On-Site Advocacy Trainings

Recently, Child Care Aware of America had the great pleasure of traversing to Nevada for not one, but two advocacy trainings.  Starting off with a training in Reno, hosted by the Children’s Cabinet and finishing with a training in Las Vegas, hosted at United Way of Southern Nevada, Child Care Aware® of America’s policy staff… Read more »

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: A Report

Child care is unaffordable for many families. The costs leave children in questionable environments that can have long-term consequences for them and for our nation’s future. We explore and analyze these costs in our annual report, released today, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report. The report lays out the cost of… Read more »

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