Your Voice Can Make a Difference!
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 advocate, so she could share her journey into advocacy with you.
- Access to reliable, education-based child care that meets the needs of families working non-traditional hours;
- Affordable, high-quality child care options; and
- Funding and support for early childhood programs that offer wraparound services to families.
Child Abuse and Neglect: Prevention and Response
by Guest Blogger, Amber, mother of two
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 children in the United States were victims of neglect or abuse. A small fraction of that total – 2,104 substantiated cases – involved a child care provider. That’s unacceptable and a legitimate cause for concern among families and the general public. Continue reading to meet Amber, a mother of two young children living in the Midwest. She believes her story is a cautionary example of how flaws in how reports of child maltreatment are investigated and substantiated may lead to dismissal of legitimate cases.