Category: Affordability

Department of Labor Announces New Child Care Grant

Last week, the Department of Labor announced a new $25 million grant program to support job training and access to quality child care. Called the “Strengthening Working Families Initiative,” grants will support public-private partnerships that bridge gaps between local workforce development and child-care systems. In addition to addressing these systemic barriers, funded programs will enable… Read more »

Announcing the 2015 Cost of Child Care Report

  Eleven million children younger than age five are in some form of child care in the United States. That is a pretty staggering number when you consider the cost of child care in this country – on both the family and provider sides of the equation. The new Parents and the High Cost of… Read more »

August 2015 Footnotes

I’m writing this as I ride the train from New York City headed back to Washington, D.C. on the last day of summer. Tomorrow the kids will return back to school in Virginia, and I am certain that there will be anticipation and perhaps a bit of (unadmitted) anxiety for what’s to come in the… Read more »

2015 State Fact Sheets: Highlighting A Complex Early Care Landscape

Each week, millions of children are shuffled between child care providers due to unpredictable schedules and limited child care availability. The landscape for child care and early education is evolving as more families rely on two-parent incomes, and costs for early care increases. States have a pivotal role in implementing policies that aim to improve… Read more »

Making Quality, Affordable Child Care a ‘National Economic Priority’

Following up on Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama today detailed his proposal for making child care a “national economic priority.” We at Child Care Aware® of America are enthusiastic about the President putting child care front and center.  We have worked for many years advocating for high quality, affordable and accessible… Read more »

Quality, Affordable Child Care Highlighted in President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union

Last night, President Barack Obama made child care a front and center issue in his State of the Union address. The need for quality child care was the first issue mentioned by the President in addressing ways to move America forward. Our most recently released Parents and the High Cost of Child Care Report reveals… Read more »

President to Announce New Initiatives to Make Child Care More Affordable in Tonight’s State of the Union

Tonight, January 20, 2015 at 9PM Eastern, President Barack Obama will deliver the annual State of the Union address. President Obama’s State of the Union address will focus on middle-class economics and provide some new proposals to help families offset the burden of child care costs. Some of the proposals included in the upcoming State… Read more »

CCDBG Roundup: Everything you need to know for Thursday

For the first time in 18 years, the U.S. Senate will have the opportunity to pass a reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant program, the primary federal program that provides assistance for families for child care, containing measures to improve the quality of child care nationwide. On Thursday, November 13th, the U.S…. Read more »

Lynette M. Fraga with Maria Shriver

Working Families Summit Recap

On Monday, I joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at the Omni Hotel in Washington, D.C. for the first ever White House Summit on Working Families. The place was packed with policymakers, business and labor leaders, economists, reporters and their cameramen, and of course many advocates… Read more »

PBS NewsHour on the Cost of Child Care

Last week PBS NewsHour aired a story about child care and featured three families whose stories represent millions of others in the United States today; the story of families who find it is sometimes more affordable not to work, than to pay for child care, and the quality of child care they can afford. I… Read more »

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