Author: Michelle McCready, Deputy Executive Director

Statement from Deputy Executive Director on the Passing of Dr. Edward Zigler

“Dr. Edward Zigler, recognized as the ‘Father of Head Start,’ passed away Thursday, February 7, at the age of 88. Child Care Aware® of America is saddened by this news but grateful for Dr. Zigler’s groundbreaking contributions to the field of early childhood development and child psychology,” said Michelle McCready, deputy executive director at CCAoA. “His… Read more »

Support for Those Impacted by CA Wildfires: A Note from Our Deputy Executive Director

Child Care Aware® of America stands with our friends in California who are working tirelessly to support children and families who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. The organization will continue to support our members and partners through our emergency preparedness work, offering resources and assistance. If you would like to donate to the… Read more »

Dear Ivanka: If you want to fix child care, don’t start with women like me

When I heard you utter the words “affordable, quality child care for all families” at the Republican convention last summer, I literally stood up and cheered in the middle of my living room. It’s one of the many, and arguably one of the most important, issues facing working families. These are the families that I… Read more »

7 Ways YOU Can Help Us Improve Child Care in 2017

Advocacy is one of the most important and most underutilized tools we have to influence child care policy in the political system. And we need to work on that – fast! Research has proven that 90% of a child’s critical brain development happens by age 5. That’s why the earliest years in a child’s life… Read more »

Secretary Clinton Speaks to Parents About Child Care, Family Issues

On Monday, May 9, presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sat down for coffee with parents at the Mug and Muffin in Northern Virginia to discuss issues that impact working families. The Secretary also visited the Lee Highway KinderCare in Fairfax, attended by the Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America… Read more »

A Day on the Hill: How We Let Congress Know That Child Care Works

On Wednesday April 6, hundreds of advocates for child care stormed the Hill to represent the millions of people across this country who need quality, affordable child care. This was a part of Child Care Aware® of America’s national 2016 Symposium. Attendees were fired up in the morning by former Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, who gave an impassioned speech and… Read more »

Proposed Rule-Making On the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF)

Today, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the much anticipated proposed rule-making on the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). This proposed rule will make changes to CCDF in order to comply with the 2014 CCDBG law. ACF is seeking comments from the public through February 24. You can download and read the… Read more »

CCAoA Public Policy Agenda—A Bright and Bold Future for Child Care

By Ann McCully, Public Policy Chair, Child Care Aware® of America Board of Directors Over the past 18 months, Child Care Aware® of America staff and Public Policy committee has surveyed, interviewed, and conducted focus groups with parents of young children, grandparents, national child advocacy organizations, and state and local Child Care Resource and Referral… Read more »

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