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Child Care is a Community Issue

Imagine a world where all children start their lives with high-quality education, where all parents can go to workknowing their child is safe, where the folks doing the important work of teaching our youngest all have access to benefits and fair wages. This is far from our reality today, but this is our vision. It… Read more »

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate By Sosha Chaney, Parent Advocate Child Care Aware® of America believes that every family has an important perspective to be considered when making decisions in child care and early learning programs, state systems and nationwide. We recently sat down with Sosha, a vocal child care… Read more »

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Congress Approves Bill That Provides Strong Support for Child Care Programs

Last night, the House of Representatives completed the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (it also includes the Department of Defense’s budget) that, once again, honors the two-year congressional budget agreement by prioritizing funding for early childhood and child care programs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will… Read more »

Statement from the Executive Director on the Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule

“Science has shown that when children experience stressful or toxic environments, it is traumatic for future development, which is why it is critical to ensure that children and families who need access to basic services such as food, housing, health and child care can access it,” said Dr. Lynette M. Fraga, executive director of Child Care Aware®… Read more »

Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention and Response

Child Care Aware® of America stands alongside families, providers, and the public in our shared commitment to the safety and well-being of children in child care. In 2016, an estimated 676,000[1] children in the United States were victims of neglect or abuse. A small fraction of that total – 2,104 substantiated cases – involved a… Read more »

Public Investments in Early Care and Education Could Help End Poverty

Achievement gaps start early for children in families with low incomes. Access to high-quality early care and education programs help young children develop social and emotional, language, and academic skills needed to succeed. In this blog, you will hear from Ashley, a family advocate who uses her personal experience to make the case for why… Read more »

Reflections from an Intern

The past 10 weeks of my internship at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) have gone by too quickly. I am sad to say goodbye to my fellow colleagues and to our nation’s capital—the center of the universe for a political science major like me. I will greatly miss the many opportunities I had with… Read more »

The 2018 State Fact Sheets Shows How the Current Landscape is Affecting Working Families

The evidence is clear – children who participate in high-quality programs during their early years demonstrate lasting effects in IQ, boosted academic and economic achievement, and lower incidences of childhood obesity and chronic illness. With nearly 15 million children under 6 who may need child care each day, the stakes have never been higher for… Read more »

Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?

For more than 10 years, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has reported on the unaffordability of child care for parents in states across the country. We’ve been expanding that reporting by diving deeper into county-level costs and exploring national, state-and community-level financing solutions to provide working families with some relief. Even as we’ve kept… Read more »

Prevent to Protect: The Most Common Unheard of Viral Cause of Birth Defect

It’s National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month, however, most women have never heard of CMV (less than 9 percent). CMV can pose an occupational risk to pregnant childcare providers due to the increased likelihood of contact with bodily fluids, saliva and urine during diaper changes, while working with young children. Pregnant women are most likely to… Read more »

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