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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 »

Senate Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave for Working Families

On July 11, the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions and Family Policy hosted a hearing examining the importance of paid family leave.  Subcommittee Chairman, Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) sponsored the hearing and witnesses included Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Dr. Andrew Biggs from… 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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The Child Care and Development Fund: What CCR&Rs Should Know

Thanks to the strong advocacy efforts of our network, on March 23, Congress passed the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, which included a $2.4 billion increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the largest discretionary funding increase in history. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) authorized the 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 »

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Congress Returns With a Full Agenda and Little Time to Act

Both the House and Senate returned to Washington, D.C. and have a total of 11 scheduled legislative days before September 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year. In order to avoid a shutdown, Congress must either finish all 12 FY 2019 appropriations bills in the next few weeks, which hasn’t happened in… 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 »

Preparing for Wildfires: The Reality of Today

With wildfires spreading across the West, many cities and states are being impacted both directly by the fires and by the resulting air pollution from the smoke. This week, Seattle topped the list of worst air pollution in the world, and Washington state and Oregon had 4 of the top 5 worst air pollution days… Read more »

Reflections from an Intern

The past 10 weeks of my internship at Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) have gone by too quickly. I am sad to say goodbye to my fellow colleagues and to our nation’s capital—the center of the universe for a political science major like me. I will greatly miss the many opportunities I had with… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Report Shows Snapshot of Child Care Landscape Nationally and At State Level

Washington, DC – Today, Child Care Aware® of America released its 2018 Checking In: A Snapshot of the Child Care Landscape, a report that summarizes the supply and demand for child care in each state, the average cost of licensed and accredited child care, and the services provided by Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R)… 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 »

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