Category: Families / Programs

Health Resource Spotlight: Your Program’s Mealtime Practices—a Quick Self-Assessment

The Problem Other healthy meal self-assessment tools exist, but they focus on detailed best practices related to nutrition and healthy eating environments. They can be complicated and time-consuming. One Solution The Positive Eating Environment Self-Assessment for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs is a brief  user-friendly assessment of basic mealtime practices. It is designed to… 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 »

Relationships Matter – A Parent’s Perspective

Ever wonder what parents value in their relationships with child care providers? I wanted to know what it takes to meaningfully engage families so I turned to an expert! Meet Katey, a vivacious mom from Kansas. During a Q&A session, Katey provided a glimpse into what family engagement means to her family as she opened… 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 »

Mapping the Child Care Gaps Across the Country

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to announce the expansion of our child care deserts work with the release of the first two in a series of customized state-based interactive story maps, called Mapping the GapTM, that explores the gaps between child care supply and demand. CCAoA coined the term “child care desert” last fall… Read more »

The Need for Disaster Response Plans for Children with Disabilities

It seems that every time our nation experiences a major disaster, we learn more about the gaps in our emergency response system. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were no exception, and one gap the storms revealed is in how we assist people with disabilities, including young children, in the event of an emergency. Evacuation in the… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Shares Brain-Building Tips During Vroom Week

A creative approach to everyday interactions can help build children’s brains WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America is proud to sponsor Vroom Week from Oct. 16 to 20 to encourage families and caregivers to use simple prompts during daily moments to help build children’s brains. Child Care Aware® of America is excited to partner… 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 »

Why I Closed My In-Home Child Care

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paul Coehlo, author of The Alchemist In the past four years since my son was born, I’ve said two difficult goodbyes to two careers that I loved. The struggle to make those decisions is not necessarily something I’d want to relive,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: A Water-Loving Otter Named Potter

The Problem The average 4- to 5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, or 65 pounds per year! The majority of that sugar comes from fruit drinks, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy. One Solution A storybook for young children featuring a beloved animal whose loves to drink—and spread the word about… Read more »

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