Nathan’s Story

Shelley and Steve Blecha from Missouri did what many parents do when looking for child care.  They asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.  They selected a provider for their first-born son.  When their second son was born, it made sense to keep the children together.  Nathan Blecha was 3 months old when the provider… Read more »

Washington Auditor’s Report Finds Sex Offenders in Child Care

How important is it that child care providers have a background check?  On August 1, the Washington State Auditor’s Office released a report, “Protecting Children from Sex Offenders in Child Care, Foster Care, and Schools.”  They conducted an audit within the state to determine if matching the state’s sex offender registry to information on child… Read more »

Background Checks Promote Children’s Safety in Child Care

Background checks for child care providers are essential to ensure that individuals who have a history of violent offenses are not licensed to provide child care or hired to work in a child care center. Parents expect their children to be safe in child care. Many parents logically assume that background checks are required for… Read more »

Children Should Be Safe in Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America (formerly the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, NACCRRA), has released a new research paper, “Why Aren’t We Outraged? Children Dying in Child Care Across America.” The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the law that allocates funds to states for child care and sets the… Read more »

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