Category: Families / Programs

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate

Reflections from a Child Care and Early Learning Family Advocate By Sosha Chaney, Parent Advocate Child Care Aware® of America believes that every family has an important perspective to be considered when making decisions in child care and early learning programs, state systems and nationwide. We recently sat down with Sosha, a vocal child care… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs

The Problem  By law, child care programs must have a disaster plan to keep children and staff safe in an emergency. However, developing one can be complicated.  One Solution  The newly updated Emergency Preparedness Manual for Early Childhood Programs, developed by the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW).  Providers in centers and family child care… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Resources to Support Families Experiencing Homelessness

The Problem  Every year, more than one million children under 6 years old in the U.S. experience homelessness. How can providers support these vulnerable children and their families?  One Solution  There are two new resources on this topic posted on the Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center (ECLKC) website:  Caring for the Health and Wellness of… Read more »

Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention and Response

Child Care Aware® of America stands alongside families, providers, and the public in our shared commitment to the safety and well-being of children in child care. In 2016, an estimated 676,000[1] children in the United States were victims of neglect or abuse. A small fraction of that total – 2,104 substantiated cases – involved a… Read more »

Public Investments in Early Care and Education Could Help End Poverty

Achievement gaps start early for children in families with low incomes. Access to high-quality early care and education programs help young children develop social and emotional, language, and academic skills needed to succeed. In this blog, you will hear from Ashley, a family advocate who uses her personal experience to make the case for why… Read more »

The 2018 State Fact Sheets Shows How the Current Landscape is Affecting Working Families

The evidence is clear – children who participate in high-quality programs during their early years demonstrate lasting effects in IQ, boosted academic and economic achievement, and lower incidences of childhood obesity and chronic illness. With nearly 15 million children under 6 who may need child care each day, the stakes have never been higher for… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Furthers Partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation to Boost Family Engagement

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the Bezos Family Foundation announce their continued partnership and renewed focus on supporting early care and education professionals as brain builders through Vroom. Vroom is a global initiative that empowers parents and caregivers, including early care and education professionals, to boost children’s early learning and… Read more »

VIDEO: Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Are Here For You

The end of summer is a busy time for families seeking child care. This video describes what families and child care resource and referral (CCR&R) professionals, from around the nation, have to say about child care assistance available in your community. Parents, would you like to get a head start on your child care plan?… Read more »

Resource and Referral’s Role in Supporting Breastfeeding

Some families where breast milk is milk of choice don’t always rely on the mother to handle feeding. Sometimes, the mom pumps milk so that co-parents or other family members participate in the feeding process—and sometimes provide breast milk to child care providers to feed infants too.   While not every family is able to breastfeed their baby, many families who… Read more »

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 »

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