Q&A with the National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is an organization whose mission is to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The  largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, NCLR, has nearly 300  affiliated community-based organizations, and touches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.  … Read more »

New Jersey Advocacy Training

Last week, members of the Child Care Aware® of America Policy and Communications teams hopped in the car bright and early for a trip to West Windsor, NJ for a two-day on-site advocacy training. The team consisted of Jasmine Smith, Senior Policy Advisor; Nick Vucic, Government Affairs Associate; and Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs… Read more »

Raise Your Hand for Child Care Webinar Series

Child Care Aware®of America is embarking on a five-month campaign to help shape the ongoing national conversation around various opportunities that enrich the state of child care and early education in this country.  The Raise Your Hand webinar series strives to raise awareness about federal and state early learning opportunities that support child care, connect… Read more »

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Moves Onward

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 out of Committee. A lot has changed in the past two decades and it’s been 17 years since the last reauthorization. This legislation places emphasis on promoting policies that will contribute to the safety… Read more »

Celebrate Grandparents on Sunday

Grandparents do amazing things. They mentor youth, provide child care, volunteer, and more. Aside from the mutual family benefits of having a grandparent in your life or home, there are some serious dollars behind grandparents’ unpaid work. How much? Grandparents contribute more than $2.43 billion toward higher education for children. Taxpayers save more than $6.5… Read more »

Priced Out of Licensed Child Care?

“Many families are priced out of licensed child care services… the health and safety of those children are at risk.” –Lynette Fraga  CNN Money Raising a child will cost families more than $240,000 before a child’s 18th birthday an August 2013 US Department of Agriculture report showed. The second biggest expense in that $240,000? Child… Read more »

5 Tips for Recess SUCCESS!

It’s that time of year again–August recess! Congress has adjourned for the month of August and will not be back in session until September 9. During their month-long recess, many Members take the opportunity to re-engage with their community and the constituents they serve. This is a perfect opportunity for you to foster and cultivate… Read more »

3 Communication Tips From the Maryland Family Network

Guest Blogger: Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs Specialist What does a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency do every day? Members of the Child Care Aware® of America communications team wanted to find out. We traveled to Maryland to spend a day with the Maryland Family Network (MFN) leadership team, including Steve Rhode, Deputy… Read more »

The Science is Clear: Children Need Adults to Step Up

A popular song once asked – “What’s love got to do with it?” For those of us who are working to make sure that our youngest children have what they need, we need to ask a similar question:  What’s adults got to do with it? Recent groundbreaking research on brain development has shown us that… Read more »

Today Show Sheds Light on Child Care

Elly and Cameron Lafkin’s daughter, Camden, died while in child care in 2012. Camden was 13 weeks old. The Today Show told the Lafkin’s story on Saturday, and I was honored to provide comment on the policy factors that contribute to tragedies like what happened to the Lafkins. As I said in the Today Show… Read more »

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