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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 »

Kawasaki Disease: What All Families and Providers Should Know

On October 2, 2016, my son Myles, then 4 months old, had a fever. His older sister had just been sick, so my husband and I thought Myles had caught a bug from her. Poor little guy. I guess that’s how it goes when you have multiple kids with exposure to a lot of germs… Read more »

House Subcommittee Approves Appropriations Bill With Proposed Funding for ECE Programs

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education approved its FY 2019 appropriations bill that includes proposed funding levels for child care and other early childhood programs. The Subcommittee includes $5.2 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which is the same level as FY 2018.  While this… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Interactive Learning Modules for Child Care Health Consultants (CCHCs)

The Problem  CCHCs are health professionals who also are knowledgeable about child health, child development and health and safety in child care. But their training may not have equipped them with some skills (e.g., communicating effectively with programs) that are essential to their work.   One Solution  The National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) just… Read more »

Final Child Care and Development Fund Plan Preprint Published for FY 2019

On Friday, June 8 the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published the final State/Territory Child Care and Development Fund Plan Preprint for FY 2019-2021. As result of the delay in releasing this, ACF has extended the plan submission deadline to August 31, 2018. In the final guidance, ACF encourages states to use the recent funding… Read more »

When It Comes To Child Care In America, The Cavalry IS Coming

In his 2015 SXSW Keynote, filmmaker Mark Duplass made a rally cry for indie filmmakers out of the phrase “the cavalry isn’t coming.” The highly motivational speech told filmmakers that it’s up to them to find their own success and in short, no one is coming to help. And while that may be true for filmmakers like… Read more »

Active Shooter Training for Child Care Providers is Unfortunate but Necessary

In my role as a general manager for afterschool programs located in 20 public schools, the safety of our children is constantly at the forefront of our staffing and planning conversations. Our programs are part of a larger nonprofit organization, which has provided video training for employees on the topic of active shooters. While helpful,… Read more »

Announcing the Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series

Child Care Aware® of America is rolling out a new informative series that illuminates exemplary family and community engagement practices. The Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series highlights and celebrates innovative, high-quality family and community engagement programs occurring in a range of early childhood settings. We hope this series will not only introduce… Read more »

2018 Hurricane Season: Let’s Get Ready

The 2018 hurricane season is almost upon us and Child Care Aware® of America wants to ensure that you and those for which you care are ready! According to the National Weather Service, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins on May 15 and ends November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June… Read more »

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