Tag: child care costs

From Rhetoric to Reality: Inspiring the Nation to Action

Steeped in history and required by the United States Constitution, the President is required “from time to time” to give the Congress information about the State of the Union and to recommend for their consideration measures he deems “necessary and expedient.” It’s more than a great speech- it is an opportunity to focus the nation… Read more »

Children and the War on Poverty

This month marks the 50th anniversary of “The War on Poverty.” In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched several initiatives to help lift the 1 in 5 Americans who were living in poverty at the time. “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all,… Read more »

2013: Setting the Stage for Young Children in 2014

For years Child Care Aware® of America has shared one message: affordable, high quality child care matters. It matters for children and it matters for families. This year, the White House took notice, with President Obama making expanded opportunities for high quality child care and early learning not just a part of his policy agenda,… Read more »

Child Care Provider Reacts to Cost of Care Report

Child Care Aware® of America’s Parents and the High Cost of Care: 2013 Report received a huge reaction from the media – more than 250 references in the news, reaching an estimated 2 million readers and viewers. In the report we noted child care is one of the lowest paying professional fields and one of… Read more »

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: A Report

Child care is unaffordable for many families. The costs leave children in questionable environments that can have long-term consequences for them and for our nation’s future. We explore and analyze these costs in our annual report, released today, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report. The report lays out the cost of… Read more »

It’s Not About Free Child Care

In an Oct 17 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Red Jahncke, asserts  universal preschool programs are really about “…Providing parents with free day care under the guise of education.”  We disagree. This conversation is not about “free daycare” but rather the availability of quality, affordable and accessible early learning programs, which include child… Read more »

Early Childhood Education Major + College Degree = Low Pay

We ask a lot of our child care and early learning providers. We expect them to provide children safe learning environments, engage them in thoughtful activities and prepare them for school success. We prefer providers to have coursework, training and experience in early education and development, to know about and master content covering topics from… Read more »

Congress Must Act to Mitigate Impact of Shutdown on Families

We are more than two weeks into the federal government “shutdown.” The negative consequences of the shutdown for children and families across the country are very real. Essentially, when the new fiscal year began on October 1, there was no money for most programs that have to be funded annually by Congress. This partial shutdown… 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 »

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