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New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2017 State Fact Sheets

Help for families struggling to pay for quality child care, such as the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), is, pivotal to supporting quality child care in the nation. Strategically, states are already investing CCDBG funds in raising the quality of child care programs, as well as in efforts to improve affordability of… Read more »

Where in the World? Visualizing Data through Mapping

Where are child care programs located? How many children attend child care programs? Where can I find child care after 8 p.m.? Answering these questions is important as parents attempt to navigate the when, where, how and who of securing quality, affordable child care. Additionally, these questions become important after a disaster, particularly as communities… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Margo Sipes

Spotlight Margo Sipes, Executive Director, Downtown Baltimore Child Care, Inc. The Problem Young children need active play in order to grow up healthy—but how much active play? The Solution The more, the better. How She Did It Margo Sipes is a firm believer that young children don’t learn by sitting at desks. Rather, they learn… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Understanding Preschool Expulsion

The Problem: In the past few months, much has been written about the too-common issue of preschool expulsion. Where can early childhood educators turn if they want to better understand the issue, its root causes, and how they can become part of the solution? One Solution: The National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness… Read more »

August 2017 Footnotes

In August, we celebrated National Back to School Month with parents and providers through our Back to School Blog Series and daily back to school tips. With the end of August comes the beginning of hurricane season, and with it Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Our emergency preparedness team has been hard at work, connecting… Read more »

Celebrating Grandparents and the Important Role They Play in Children’s Lives

This past weekend was Grandparents Day. As I visited my parents with kids in tow, I realized how pivotal my parents have been in helping me raise my kids. My older two kids are tweens now, but when they were in child care my mom picked them up so my husband and I didn’t have… Read more »

Are Family Child Care Businesses Adequately Prepared for the Impact of a Disaster?

Potential Gaps in Insurance Coverage On Memorial Day weekend of 2008, an EF3 tornado struck Hugo, Minnesota, a commuter town north of downtown St. Paul. Winds ranged from 136-165 mph, and the tornado’s path was six miles long and one-eighth mile wide. Since it was a holiday weekend, Christine, a family child care provider, was… Read more »

U.S. Capitol in front of the reflecting pool

Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Protects Funding for Child Care

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. Unlike the House version, the Senate bill does not propose any spending cuts to programs that support child care including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School… Read more »

Vroom Resources Promote Healthy Brain Development

Vroom materials have been a wonderful resource to integrate into our existing programs. When parents call requesting a child care search, we engage in conversation about child development and reaffirm to each parent the special role they play as being their child’s first and most important teacher. As families enroll in our financial assistance program… Read more »

The Next Chapter: Knocking on the Door to Kindergarten

It hardly seems possible that we are in the midst of transitioning from preschool to kindergarten with our oldest child. How did that curious little infant we had 5 years ago move so quickly through toddlerhood and preschool? Yet, we are rapidly approaching the first day of kindergarten and a host of emotions that come… Read more »

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