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The 2018-2019 Child Care Policy Platform Highlights Critical Role of Nation’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

While it is difficult to find agreement on many of our nation’s priorities, one thing is for sure – There is unprecedented agreement that child care is a critical issue in the United States today. In fact, a recent poll found that 97 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Independents, and 87 percent of Republicans,… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Statement on New Medicaid Work Requirement Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of the Trump Administration’s decision to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, many of whom are children, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), executive director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement: “Almost 70 million pregnant women, children and people with low incomes rely on Medicaid… Read more »

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting: Lessons Learned

The events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this past week were truly horrific. During six minutes of gunfire, fourteen students and three faculty members were killed and 15 were wounded. Sadly, active shooter situations are becoming all too common. Child Care Aware® of America, responding to the request of the early learning workforce, has developed… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Health Tips for Families Series – New Translations Added

The Problem Many child care resources are available only in English. They are not accessible to the one in five U.S. families who speak a language other than English in their homes. One Solution The Health Tips for Families Series —a collection of fact sheets for families—is now available in nine languages: English, Spanish, Arabic,… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: I Like My Teeth

The Problem Children with poor oral health can experience a range of problems: difficulty concentrating due to tooth pain; health issues, such as infections; and impaired growth and development. One Solution Four colorful and informative posters on oral health from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). The I Like My Teeth… Read more »

Making Strides Toward Healthier Child Care

Ever since First Lady Michelle Obama launched her Let’s Move! campaign in 2010, childhood obesity prevention has gained a lot of attention. Experts agree that obesity prevention needs to start early, and child care programs are a great place for children to build the eating and active play habits that will help them grow up… Read more »

What Should You Do If Your Child Care Program Experiences an Active Shooter Threat?

It’s a scary thought, but one that is on many minds as news reports of such events continue. The first 45 days of 2018 have seen 18 school shootings in the United States. The latest being the tragic deaths of 17 individuals at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That number is alarming. And… Read more »

The Lifetime Influence Child Care Providers Have on Children and Families

Like many, I started providing child care as a means of supplementing family income while being able to stay home with my own children. I had previous experience in my teenage years as a steady date-night sitter and as a substitute at a center. I intended to be a provider for a few years. My… Read more »

Submit Your Proposal to Provide Technical Assistance in Building Healthy Child Care & Communities

With the support of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is pleased to offer technical assistance (TA) to states on projects that support development or maintenance of quality child care settings that promote child health. CCAoA will select up to six (6) organizations to participate in this nine-month project, based… Read more »

As Child Care Costs Outpace College Tuition, Child Care Aware® of America Calls for Congressional, Trump Administration Action on Affordable, Quality Child Care

2018 Policy Agenda Recommendations Would Improve Financial Stability for Millions of Americans if Enacted The Child Care for Working Families Act is Top Priority WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2018 – With millions of American families struggling to afford and access quality child care, and early childhood education costs outpacing college tuition, Child Care Aware® of America today urged Congress to… Read more »

Investing in Early Childhood Pays Off

Would you take this deal? Buy one year of college, get three more for no additional cost. A no-brainer, right? That’s similar to what happens when society invests in early childhood programs such as high quality child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, and home visiting programs. For every dollar spent, between two and four… Read more »

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