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Child Care Takes Center Stage in this Election – As it Should

In a highly partisan environment, we’re glad to see candidates from both parties prioritizing child care. More than 80% of voters across parties believe child care should be a priority. We are organizing to make sure these plans are a priority beyond the campaign. We’re working to make sure these policies are implemented in the… Read more »

New Study Explores Child Care Supply and Demand—and the Prevalence of Child Care ‘Deserts’

Child Care Aware® of America Report Addresses the Gap in Finding Affordable Child Care Arlington, VA, September 13, 2016 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), the nation’s leading voice for child care, today announced the release of a comprehensive report Child Care Deserts: Developing Solutions to Child Care Supply and Demand, which addresses the… Read more »

World Environmental Health Day: Building Awareness around Tobacco Control

The International Federation of Environmental Health has declared September 26, 2016 World Environmental Health Day, with this year’s theme focused on tobacco control. Child Care Aware® of America and our partners, including the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), are focusing specifically on the negative health effects of second- and third-hand smoke to both individuals and… Read more »

Child Care Deserts: Getting a Handle on Child Care Supply and Demand

You might be wondering, “What is a Child Care Desert?”.  Just as food deserts — urban areas where it’s difficult to buy affordable, fresh food — can have an adverse impact on nutrition, “child care deserts” identifies an absence of an essential commodity to support the workforce that results in limited access, which current child… Read more »

Tulsa’s Child Care Resource Center Awarded Emergency Preparedness Grant

Tulsa, Oklahoma – September is National Preparedness Month, and Child Care Resource Center is celebrating by kicking off a new two-year emergency preparedness project. Tulsa-based Child Care Resource Center, a program of the Community Service Council (a United Way partner agency), was recently awarded the Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies as Resilience Hubs grant…. Read more »

August 2016 Footnotes

For many parents, August is a busy month that marks the end of summer vacation and the beginning of school for their children. With that transition, we at Child Care Aware® of America are ever-mindful of the challenges associated with finding not just child care but specifically quality afterschool child care. August has been especially… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Launches a Movement to Make Child Care Work for America

Arlington, VA, September 7, 2016   – Child Care Aware® of America, the nation’s leading voice for child care, is leveraging the growing pressure for positive change by launching a movement and giving it a name—Child Care Works. The goal of this grassroots initiative is to further escalate the need for a child care system that… Read more »

Administration Releases New Head Start Performance Standards

The Obama Administration released the long-anticipated Head Start Performance Standards late last week. The new rule allows for greater flexibility at the local level and puts great emphasis on family engagement. The final rule will go into effect on November 7, 2016, however it does allow grantees more time to comply with the new regulations. For… Read more »

September is National Preparedness Month

Wildfires in the West Heavy Rain and Flooding in Louisiana and bordering states Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes across the Midwest Tropical Storms and Hurricanes moving towards Hawaii and the Gulf Coast All of these extreme weather situations have occurred over the past few weeks and serve as an important reminder that emergency preparedness is critical… Read more »

Join the Child Care Works Movement

Right now, we are at a key turning point for child care. States across the country are working to expand access. Presidential candidates are speaking out on the issue. And a movement is growing to make sure families can find quality child care that fits their budget. Now is the time to take action. We… Read more »

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