Category: Health and Safety

CCAoA Celebrates National Poison Prevention Week

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury or death in the United States. Fortunately, there are 55 poison control centers in the United States that provide free expert information and treatment advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specially trained nurses, pharmacists, and physicians staff poison control centers and provide multilingual translation services… Read more »

Who Plays a Role in Helping Children Achieve a Healthy Weight?

News coverage from Louisville, Kentucky highlights a World Health Organization report that found that 41 million children worldwide are overweight or obese. In Louisville, 18 percent of children entering kindergarten are overweight or obese. This is only slightly higher than the national numbers: Approximately 17 percent of children and teenagers (ages 2 to 19) were… Read more »

Obama Administration Proposes New Child Care Regulations (UPDATED–FEBRUARY 16, 2016)

UPDATE: February 16, 2016 Child Care Aware® of America has posted its comments to the Child Care and Development Fund Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  We encourage you to review our comments and sign on in support of them.  You may add your signature here, and we will be accepting them until 12:00 PM this Friday,… Read more »

President Obama’s FY 2017 Budget: Big Investments in Child Care and Early Education

Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his final budget request to Congress for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2017. As he did with last year’s request, President Obama’s budget reaffirms his commitment to help families gain access to high-quality child care and early education. President Obama’s FY 2017 budget proposes $82 billion in mandatory CCDF spending over… Read more »

January 2016 Footnotes

January has certainly gotten 2016 off to a running start! Child Care Aware® of America staff have been working in Arlington and across the country to launch new initiatives, educate and advocate on behalf of the child care community, and support the field. We’re proud of the work we’ve accomplished already in January, and I… Read more »

Severe Winter Weather Threatens D.C., Baltimore

Emergency preparedness staff at Child Care Aware® of America are keeping a close eye on the weather. Based on the latest forecast models, the potential for a severe winter storm, starting this Friday, is very likely. Child Care Aware® of America staff have been in contact with our emergency management colleagues in Virginia, Maryland and… Read more »

Child Nutrition Reauthorization In Reach

Today, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing to markup the “Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act of 2016” a bill that reauthorizes and amends the child nutrition portion of the National School Lunch Act (NSLA). Child care providers across the country depend on federal funding to feed children in early care and education settings…. Read more »

Examining the Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

The city of Flint, Michigan is home to nearly 100,000 residents. Throughout the past several months, these residents have been living a nightmare scenario: the water flowing out of their taps is not safe to drink. Problems began back in April 2014, when the city decided to switch their water supply from Detroit to Lake… Read more »

December 2015 Footnotes

We’re finally feeling winter’s chill here in Arlington, Virginia, so it’s as good a time as any to sit down and recap everything we were able to accomplish in December! Around the Country CCAoA staff members attended the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Leaders Advance in Oakland, California. It was an opportunity to meet with other… Read more »

Developmental Monitoring and Screening Supports Healthy Child Development

All children are develop and learn at a different rate, but some children may need more play, practice or teaching of certain skills in order to master them. Developmental monitoring and screening can provide parents, caregivers and physicians reassurance that a child’s development is on track, or might signal that a child may need additional… Read more »

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