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Payment Rates, Nutrition Labels and More: CACFP Implementation Resources

Establishing healthy habits in early childhood is critical to the early care and education setting.  The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is an important part of shaping the meals and snacks that child care providers serve for children and staff of all ages.  New documents and training resources have recently been released by… Read more »

Include Emergency Planning on Your Back-to-School Checklist

As you cross off important items on your family’s back-to-school checklist, don’t forget to be proactive in learning more about the emergency plan at your child’s school or child care program. All schools and before/afterschool child care programs should have an emergency plan in place to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency… Read more »

July 2017 Footnotes

It’s hard to believe that July is coming to a close, and with it the imminent start to a new school year! August is National Back to School Month and we are celebrating with parents and providers through our Back to School Blog Series and daily back to school tips. July was another busy month,… Read more »

Health is Key to School Success

Many parents use August to prepare for the school year and cross many tasks off their list—school supplies, nailing down schedules, new clothes, and converting the family mindset from summer vacation to the school routine. At Child Care Aware® of America, there is one more task. And you should add it to the top of… Read more »

Sick, Absent, or Forgotten? How a Change in Routine Can Become Deadly in Minutes

Have you ever had a child in your child care program not arrive by her usual arrival time and simply rationalized that the child must be sick or on vacation today? My mission is to show you how this assumption can have lethal consequences for dozens of young children annually. How? Each year since 1998, an… Read more »

Bi-Partisan Child Care Program That Supports Parents in College Introduced

Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Representatives Katharine Clark (D-MA) and Don Young (R-AK) just introduced the “Child Care Access Means Parents in Schools (CCAMPIS) Improvement Act of 2017.” CCAMPIS is the only federal program that supports child care services for low-income parents in college, and services are provided year-round. According to numerous studies, the number… Read more »

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

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 of questions. In their research paper,… 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 »

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