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UPDATE – Senate Unveils Draft Health Care Repeal Legislation

Earlier today, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released a third version of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA),” that would change or eliminate major provisions of the federal health care law. Despite efforts made by Majority Leader McConnell to secure enough votes for passage, the latest version of BCRA would still fundamentally… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2017 State Fact Sheets

Help for families struggling to pay for quality child care, such as the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), is, pivotal to supporting quality child care in the nation. Strategically, states are already investing CCDBG funds in raising the quality of child care programs, as well as in efforts to improve affordability of… Read more »

Guest Blog: Sharing Vroom with the Child Care Community

Vroom provides interactive tools and resources that highlight the science behind early brain development, showing parents how they can turn everyday activities like bath time and meal time into opportunities that build their children’s brains. The Vroom Partnership at Child Care Aware® of America is made up of ten Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies… Read more »

Editing Exchange: An Editor’s First Year Account of Understanding Child Care

One year ago, I stepped into my new role as Editor-in-Chief of Exchange, a magazine for early childhood leaders. I was to fill the biggest shoes imaginable—those of a founding editor who had helmed the magazine since its inception 38 years ago. Although I’m a mother of two young boys, I was new(ish) to the… Read more »

June 2017 Footnotes

With June we welcomed the start of summer—longer days, the end of the school year, and summer vacations. We are pleased to share several exiting new work, most notably our recently released child care state licensing database. Additionally, read more below about our advocacy work on the horizon in states, important programmatic initiatives gaining traction,… Read more »

June 2017 Child Care Provider of the Month – Hampton University Child Development Center

Arlington, VA – July 7, 2017 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), Teachstone, and the Afterschool Alliance would like to congratulate Joy Phelps and the staff at… Read more »

The Exorbitant Cost of Child Care: A Millennial Parent Perspective

I am a 26-year-old single mother of a beautiful little girl. I love being a parent. But the cost of child care for a child under the age of two is so expensive in the Washington, DC metro area. More than half of my paycheck goes to child care. As millennial, that is not much… Read more »

Check Out Your Library Before and After Disasters!

Every community is vulnerable to disasters: extreme weather, fires, chemical spills, the list goes on. Luckily, most have a local resource to help them prepare and respond to those disasters: their public library! Libraries have evolved over time, no longer offering just books, magazines, and newspapers. Libraries today provide so much more: computers, internet access,… Read more »

VIDEO: The Struggle of Finding Affordable, Quality Care for a Child with Special Needs

Bianca, a single mother of a four-year-old son with special needs, faced the difficult choice of staying home to take care of her son or working herself into the ground to make ends meet. With the help of affordable, quality child care she was able to continue to work without worrying about the safety or… Read more »

military families and child care providers

Senators Introduce Bi-Partisan Legislation Giving Military Families More Child Care Support and Flexibility

Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently introduced legislation that would help provide more child care support and flexibility to military families. The “Availability of Child Care for Every Servicemember and Spouse (ACCESS) Act of 2017” would apply to child care facilities on military bases and installations, as well as community providers. Today,… Read more »

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