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Oklahoma Has the Spirit

Oklahoma’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) community kicked off the state’s annual leadership meeting in the Oklahoma City Zoo Aquarium Building last month. I was thrilled to be one of the speakers as part of a two-day visit to the state. It was the first time I shared speaking time with a seal, who… Read more »

Florida On-Site Advocacy

Earlier this week, members of the Child Care Aware® of America Policy Team jumped on a plane and went to Tampa for a one-day on-site Advocacy Training. They worked closely with the Children’s Forum in Tallahassee to put together a jam-packed agenda for each of the 60 attendees at the training. The morning started off bright… Read more »

It Takes a Village – Rally4Babies Highlights Need to Invest in Early Childhood

“The African saying, that it takes a village to raise a child is true, but the thing we need to remember all the time is that we are that village, it’s not somebody else, each one of us are part of the village and we have to daily say, what I can do to contribute… Read more »

Big names step up for little learners at Rally4Babies

Where will you find the secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, actress Jennifer Garner and the executive director of ZERO TO THREE? On a Google Hangout, chatting about children. Chatting with a purpose The event, Rally4Babies, was sponsored by ZERO TO THREE and brought dozens of organizations, like Child Care Aware® of… Read more »

Happy Fourth from Child Care Aware® of America

Washington, D.C., is an international hot spot. Especially during the summer, you’ll hear languages from all over the world spoken by the thousands of tourists who come to visit our nation’s capital. In fact, more than 16 million people visit every year. One of the biggest draws, of course is Independence Day. While we enjoy… Read more »

It’s Time to Fix Child Care – Reauthorization Bill Introduced in Senate

Last week, Senator Mikulski (D-MD), Senator Burr (R-NC), Senator Harkin (D-IA), and Senator Alexander (R-TN) introduced a bill to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the primary federal grant program that provides child care assistance for families and funds child care quality initiative.  Child Care Aware® of America announced its support for the… Read more »

Retired Military Leaders Support Comprehensive Early Learning Agenda

We’re not alone in our pursuit for quality child care and early learning policies. “Expanding access to quality pre-k is the smartest thing we can do, right now, to get more children on track for academic success,” said General Victor E. “Gene” Renuart, Jr., USAF-Ret. Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit organization made up more than 350… Read more »

Policies that Work for Working Families

Each week, nearly 11 million children under age 5 are in some type of child care setting for an average of 35 hours. It’s a statistic that gets mentioned often in conversations about the importance of child care in every community across the United States, and with good reason.  Working families understand the need to… Read more »

Learning from the Military Child Care System

It’s Memorial Day Weekend and a time to celebrate and remember those who died in service to our country – over a million men and women who have died since the Civil War protecting our people and democratic values – not “democratic” as in political party, but the big “D” – Democracy – a government… Read more »

New HHS Rules Promoting Children’s Health & Safety in Child Care

This past week, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, held a press conference at an early learning center in Washington, D.C.  to announce new rules to promote the health and safety of children in child care.  She said that in the absence of legislation to reauthorize the Child Care… Read more »

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