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Child Care Aware® of America Releases Findings of 2019 Annual State Survey on Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America Releases Findings of 2019 Annual State Survey on Child Care State fact sheets provide high-level analysis and national roll-ups of the child care landscape at the state level and show an alarming decline in family child care providers and inconsistent quality  WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) released the results of its annual state child care survey, Checking in on… Read more »

Statement from Executive Director on the Passing of MaryLee Allen

MaryLee Allen, who for more than 40 years was a leader in advocacy for children’s welfare, health and safety with the Children’s Defense Fund, passed away on June 13, 2019. Allen joined CDF in 1974, the year after it was founded, where she worked on CDF’s first-ever policy report, Children Out of School in America. More… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2019 Funding State Snapshots

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2019 Funding State Snapshots Licensed child care is in short supply, but Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies can help WASHINGTON, DC —Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) released its new policy report, CCDBG: 2019 State Snapshots, detailing the critical work that all 50 states are doing using… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases Report on Child Care Supply Crisis and Offers Solutions

Child Care Aware® of America Releases Report on Child Care Supply Crisis and Offers Solutions Licensed child care is in short supply, but Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies can help WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) released its new report, Closing the Gap: How CCR&Rs Can Help Communities Meet Their… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Statement On The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Markup

Child Care Aware® of America Statement On The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Markup WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the child care funding increase passed yesterday by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) Executive Director Dr. Lynette… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Statement On The President’s Budget for 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — In response to the child care proposals in the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), executive director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement: “CCAoA welcomes the Administration’s attention to child care in the President’s Budget joining the long-standing conversation around the importance of high-quality… Read more »

Child Care Advocates Applaud Reintroduction of Child Care for Working Families Act

Earlier today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2019” on Capitol Hill.  At the press conference, Senator Murray was joined by Senators Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Bob Casey (D-PA), as well as several parent advocates. The legislation is nearly identical to the 2017… Read more »

Statement from Deputy Executive Director on the Passing of Dr. Edward Zigler

“Dr. Edward Zigler, recognized as the ‘Father of Head Start,’ passed away Thursday, February 7, at the age of 88. Child Care Aware® of America is saddened by this news but grateful for Dr. Zigler’s groundbreaking contributions to the field of early childhood development and child psychology,” said Michelle McCready, deputy executive director at CCAoA. “His… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces New Board of Directors

These distinguished individuals provide diverse views and expertise to further the mission of quality, affordable child care for all WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) announced three new members of its Board of Directors. Members of the Board have the unique opportunity to help shape the future of our national organization and… Read more »

Support for Those Impacted by CA Wildfires: A Note from Our Deputy Executive Director

Child Care Aware® of America stands with our friends in California who are working tirelessly to support children and families who have been impacted by the devastating wildfires. The organization will continue to support our members and partners through our emergency preparedness work, offering resources and assistance. If you would like to donate to the… Read more »

Child Care is a Community Issue

Imagine a world where all children start their lives with high-quality education, where all parents can go to workknowing their child is safe, where the folks doing the important work of teaching our youngest all have access to benefits and fair wages. This is far from our reality today, but this is our vision. It… Read more »

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Congress Approves Bill That Provides Strong Support for Child Care Programs

Last night, the House of Representatives completed the FY 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill (it also includes the Department of Defense’s budget) that, once again, honors the two-year congressional budget agreement by prioritizing funding for early childhood and child care programs. The Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) will… Read more »

Statement from the Executive Director on the Administration’s Proposed Public Charge Rule

“Science has shown that when children experience stressful or toxic environments, it is traumatic for future development, which is why it is critical to ensure that children and families who need access to basic services such as food, housing, health and child care can access it,” said Dr. Lynette M. Fraga, executive director of Child Care Aware®… Read more »

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 »

Trump Administration Shares Additional Materials to Support Its FY 2020 Budget

On March 18, the Trump Administration published additional materials to support its FY 2020 budget request to Congress.  While the budget request includes proposals to address the child care crisis in the U.S., it falls well short of what is needed long-term.  Additionally, the President’s request includes proposals that would harm millions of working families… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Daily Health Checks

The problem: Child care providers are expected to do a daily health check for each of the children in their care. However, not all providers are aware of what a comprehensive health check entails. One solution The Daily Health Check checklist, produced by the Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center at the University of… Read more »

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