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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 »

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House Passes Legislation That Could Put Access to Health Care for Millions of Children and Families At Risk

On May 4, the House of Representatives barely passed H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act (AHCA) of 2017,” on a party-line vote. H.R. 1628 would replace the “Affordable Care Act of 2010,” and if enacted into law, it could result in more than 20 million people losing access to health insurance, as well as millions… Read more »

Trumps Tax Plan Fall Short of the Child Care Support Families Desperately Need

This week, the Trump Administration released a broad tax proposal to Congress which includes expanding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) with the possibility of making it refundable. Child Care Aware® of America appreciates the Administration’s efforts to help families afford and have access to child care. However, as an organization committed to… Read more »

Child Care Affordability: Will the New Policy Work? Or Is There Still Progress to be Made?

Blog post by summer intern Antonio Tatano With a variety of new policies on the verge of implementation, one can’t help but wonder…What’s next for my family and me? The Tax Policy Center (TPC) is one of many analytical groups that has been examining the new tax policy in order to find answers to these types… Read more »

Hope Clinton Shares How CCAoA Helped Expand Her Advocacy Knowledge

Blog post by summer intern Hope Clinton I’ve never really thought about what impacts children because I don’t plan on having any at the moment and I was a child not too long ago. However, now knowing all the problems children face, it’s something I find myself talking about quite often. I now explain to people… Read more »

Louise Rosler Reflects on How Policy (and Life) Can Have Unintended Results

Blog post by summer intern Louise Rosler “What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a question that most children are faced with from a very young age. My answers have vacillated (from a princess, to an author, to a CIA agent—the list goes on), but as I have grown older, this vision… Read more »

Bria Manlove Reflects On the Effects of Economics On Politics

Blog post by summer intern Bria Manlove When I entered my freshman year at Villanova University, I sought a major that would best prepare me with the skills I would need to excel in law school. Shortly after, I decided to major in political science and economics. Through my studies, I began to see very… Read more »

House Appropriations Committee Proposes Funding Increase for CCDBG Next Year

Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Appropriations Bill, and it included a proposed $4 million increase for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), roughly $2.86 billion for FY 2018. In addition, Head Start would receive $9.275 billion, a increase of $22 million from this… Read more »

William Klein Reflects on His Experience and Contributions to Important Research Efforts

Blog post by summer intern William Klein Growing up, I was never forced to think about the importance of having affordable and reliable child care. As the youngest child in a typical middle class family, I never had to worry about having inadequate care, and since I had no younger siblings, I never had the opportunity… Read more »

Bridget Silha Reflects on Health Policy and Child Care

Blog post by summer intern Bridget Silha Like most kids growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I was grateful enough to not worry about the necessities of life. My family made sure that I wanted for nothing: clothes, food, etc. And even though both of my parents worked full time jobs, my schools provided for… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on JeAnne Faris

Spotlight JeAnne Faris, Trinity Lutheran Child Care Center, Kalispell, Montana The Problem Long work hours and responsibilities at home can make it difficult for child care staff to prioritize their own health and wellness. The Solution Incorporate movement throughout the workday. How She Did It JeAnne and a few others from her program attended a… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Child Care State Licensing Database

The Problem States need a way to measure whether their current child care licensing standards do or do not meet the Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines. Those are the minimum health and safety standards that child care programs should meet. The Solution The research team at Child Care Aware® of America developed a… Read more »

UPDATE – Senate Unveils Draft Health Care Repeal Legislation

Earlier today, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released a third version of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA),” that would change or eliminate major provisions of the federal health care law. Despite efforts made by Majority Leader McConnell to secure enough votes for passage, the latest version of BCRA would still fundamentally… Read more »

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