Category: Early Childhood Education

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 »

Power to the Profession Webinar: Innovative Strategies to Engage Staff and Providers

What can Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&Rs) agencies do and how can they most effectively share information about Power to the Profession with the field? Join us for a webinar, “What can your CCR&R do to prepare for the evolution of the ECE profession?,” on July 10 from 2:30-3:30 pm EST as we talk… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Interactive Learning Modules for Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)

The Problem  CCHCs are health professionals who also are knowledgeable about child health, child development and health and safety in child care. But their training may not have equipped them with some skills (e.g., communicating effectively with programs) that are essential to their work.   One Solution  The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) just… Read more »

Announcing the Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series

Child Care Aware® of America is rolling out a new informative series that illuminates exemplary family and community engagement practices. The Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series highlights and celebrates innovative, high-quality family and community engagement programs occurring in a range of early childhood settings. We hope this series will not only introduce… Read more »

Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum

The Problem The number one cause of death and disability for children in the U.S. is from injuries. Most injuries are preventable AND predictable. One Solution A new online Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settlings developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is an educational tool for child… Read more »

Waffle House Shooting: What Child Care Providers Can Learn from a Tragedy

Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday (April 22, 2018) in Antioch, Tennessee a 29-year-old man opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant, killing four individuals, including three customers. The incident provides us with a few important lessons: Have a plan for prolonged incidents The Waffle House shooter remained at large, in the community, for nearly 34… Read more »

Power to the Profession: Provide Feedback and Shape Your Future

Child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies, you have the opportunity to help shape the future of the early care and education workforce! Child Care Aware® of America is one of 15 national organizations leading Power to the Profession, a collaborative effort focused on developing a plan on how we define the early childhood profession…. Read more »

National Infant Immunization Week is Only A Week Away

From April 21 – 28, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with partners, community leaders, healthcare professionals and stakeholders, will observe National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW). This annual observance highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities…. Read more »

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Resources

The Problem  Infant and early childhood mental health consultation (IECMHC) is an evidence-based intervention for supporting young children’s social-emotional development. It teams a mental health professional with early care and education professionals to improve children’s social, emotional and behavioral health. However, many child care providers may not have access to or may not know how to get the most out of a mental… Read more »

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