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New Report Could Be a Game Changer for the Child Care Workforce

We have long known that adults who interact with young children have the potential to add significant value to their development and overall health and well-being. Much is known about what works, what children need to thrive and what professionals who work with children need to know and be able to do. However, until now,… Read more »

Child Care Leaders Address 2015 Child Care Aware® of America Annual Meeting and Conference

Child Care Aware® of America’s (CCAoA) 2015 annual meeting and conference in Washington, D.C. brought together child care providers, CCR&Rs, and leaders from government agencies and the White House to address many issues including Early Head Start and Child Care Partnerships, implementation of CCDBG, CCAoA’s strategic planning, and cultural competency in family engagement. We were… Read more »

USDA Comment Period for Child and Adult Care Food Program Deadline April 15th

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently reviewing proposed rule updates to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP): Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The CACFP is a federal program serving more than 3 million children in child care, Head Start and after school programs across… Read more »

House Passes Bipartisan Measure to Extend Health Insurance and Home Visiting Programs for Children

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation that would extend child care and early child development programs that support millions of families. The extension of these programs was included in the “Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015,” (H.R. 2), which is legislation aimed at ending the sustainable growth rate, also… Read more »

The New Congress Releases its Budget Proposals

Earlier this week, the House and Senate Budget Committees approved their FY 2016 budget resolutions, and both proposed very deep cuts for many non-defense programs over the next ten years, including ones that millions of children and families depend on. A congressional budget resolution serves as a blueprint for the appropriations process, which is expected… Read more »

Welcome, New Board Members!

Before our 2015 Annual Meeting begins, I’d like to unofficially welcome Child Care Aware® of America’s three newest board members – Ann McCully, Tonja Rucker, and Renée Boynton-Jarrett, M.D., Sc.D. These three champions bring an extraordinary amount of expertise in childhood development, education, health, and resources to the Child Care Aware® of America board of… Read more »

National Child and Adult Care Food Programs Week

Help Child Care Aware® of America support the movement to declare a National Child and Adult Care Food Programs Week (CACFP) in 2015, to help bring awareness to the USDA’s program for adult and child nutrition! CCAoA is joining with National Child and Adult Food Care Sponsors Association (NCA) to ask President Obama to proclaim the… Read more »

President Obama visits the Sunflower State to Talk about Quality, Affordable Child Care

By: Leadell Ediger, Executive Director, Child Care Aware of Kansas: When an email from the White House came into my inbox, I paid attention!  That’s the situation I found myself in, in mid-January. I was delighted to find that Child Care Aware® of Kansas was being offered two tickets to attend the President’s Remarks at the… Read more »

President Obama Releases Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal

On February 2, 2015, President Barack Obama released his budget blueprint for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2016.  Following on commitments announced during the recent State of the Union, President Obama’s budget proposal includes new initiatives and funding proposals designed to improve “access to high-quality child care and early education.” During the State of the Union… Read more »

Making Quality, Affordable Child Care a ‘National Economic Priority’

Following up on Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama today detailed his proposal for making child care a “national economic priority.” We at Child Care Aware® of America are enthusiastic about the President putting child care front and center.  We have worked for many years advocating for high quality, affordable and accessible… Read more »

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