Category: Family & Parent Advocates

How I Navigated Finding Child Care, What I Learned

Military Child Care vs. Civilian Child Care We are moving to Germany,” my husband told me as he got his first official orders for the U.S. Army. I was so excited to be moving overseas I didn’t even think ahead to the fact that I may not be able to work. I was pregnant at… Read more »

VIDEO: Help Can Come from an Unexpected Source

Daniela Salinas’ access to quality child care has been limited by high costs.  Like many states around the nation the cost of child care in her home state is more expensive than college tuition.  Watch as Daniela shares how voucher and subsidy programs help families make child care more affordable and enabled her to finish… Read more »

Video: How Finding the Perfect Child Care Provider Is Possible

On October 18, I had the privilege and honor of sharing my personal experience in searching for the “perfect” child care setting for my two beautiful, smart, amazing, super energized daughters. Alongside four other incredible and inspiring Kansas City mothers, we had the opportunity to participate in a family voices panel to express our successes… Read more »

VIDEO: The Importance of a Locating a Nurturing Child Care Facility

Amber and Travis, married with two kids, work corporate jobs with long hours and worry about the type of influence that child care providers can have on their children. With the help of quality child care, they have the satisfaction of knowing their children are in a nurturing and compassionate environment. Many parents and families… Read more »

Not Just a Number: Finding the Right Fit for Her Child

Cristina, a married mother of two, worries about her children becoming just another number in day care facilities. With the help of quality child care, her children are able to have access to a child care facility that emphasizes an emotionally supportive atmosphere, which has given Cristina the reassurance she needs. Listen to her story:… Read more »

A Balancing Act: Quality, Affordable Child Care and Child Care Provider Compensation

By the time I had my third child, I knew exactly what it would take to call child care perfect, and through the most fortunate of circumstances I found it. From nine months on my daughter was able to attend a small in-home child care setting where she was fed home cooked meals, a steady… Read more »

Children’s Environmental Health Day

Now more than ever, the need to protect the health of the most vulnerable among us is paramount. Children are our most valuable resource—they represent the very future of our nation. Yet over the past few decades children have faced increasing rates of chronic illness and developmental issues linked to environmental exposures and our changing… Read more »

Family Engagement: What IS IT and What Does It LOOK LIKE?

Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement, many of whom spend 30 hours or more per week in out of home care.  Over 100,000 of Kansas children are served through Kansas early care programs. Early care and education settings are… Read more »

September 2017 Footnotes

In September we celebrated National Preparedness Month, and with it the beginning of hurricane season. Our emergency preparedness team has been hard at work, connecting with parents and child care providers and proving support, tools, and resources to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Child Care Aware® of America is also finalizing plans… Read more »

August 2017 Footnotes

In August, we celebrated National Back to School Month with parents and providers through our Back to School Blog Series and daily back to school tips. With the end of August comes the beginning of hurricane season, and with it Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Our emergency preparedness team has been hard at work, connecting… Read more »

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