Celebrate Grandparents on Sunday

Grandparents do amazing things. They mentor youth, provide child care, volunteer, and more. Aside from the mutual family benefits of having a grandparent in your life or home, there are some serious dollars behind grandparents’ unpaid work. How much? Grandparents contribute more than $2.43 billion toward higher education for children. Taxpayers save more than $6.5… Read more »

Priced Out of Licensed Child Care?

“Many families are priced out of licensed child care services… the health and safety of those children are at risk.” –Lynette Fraga  CNN Money Raising a child will cost families more than $240,000 before a child’s 18th birthday an August 2013 US Department of Agriculture report showed. The second biggest expense in that $240,000? Child… Read more »

5 Tips for Recess SUCCESS!

It’s that time of year again–August recess! Congress has adjourned for the month of August and will not be back in session until September 9. During their month-long recess, many Members take the opportunity to re-engage with their community and the constituents they serve. This is a perfect opportunity for you to foster and cultivate… Read more »

3 Communication Tips From the Maryland Family Network

Guest Blogger: Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs Specialist What does a Child Care Resource & Referral Agency do every day? Members of the Child Care Aware® of America communications team wanted to find out. We traveled to Maryland to spend a day with the Maryland Family Network (MFN) leadership team, including Steve Rhode, Deputy… Read more »

The Science is Clear: Children Need Adults to Step Up

A popular song once asked – “What’s love got to do with it?” For those of us who are working to make sure that our youngest children have what they need, we need to ask a similar question:  What’s adults got to do with it? Recent groundbreaking research on brain development has shown us that… Read more »

Today Show Sheds Light on Child Care

Elly and Cameron Lafkin’s daughter, Camden, died while in child care in 2012. Camden was 13 weeks old. The Today Show told the Lafkin’s story on Saturday, and I was honored to provide comment on the policy factors that contribute to tragedies like what happened to the Lafkins. As I said in the Today Show… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America Bids Farewell to 2013 Summer Policy Interns

This past week, Child Care Aware of America bid farewell to our two 2013 Summer Policy Interns, Lester Asamoah and Audrey Williams.  Lester and Audrey spent the past eight weeks working closely with our Policy team on a variety of issues and topics, while taking part in courses offered at George Mason University.  In addition… Read more »

Oklahoma Has the Spirit

Oklahoma’s Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) community kicked off the state’s annual leadership meeting in the Oklahoma City Zoo Aquarium Building last month. I was thrilled to be one of the speakers as part of a two-day visit to the state. It was the first time I shared speaking time with a seal, who… Read more »

Florida On-Site Advocacy

Earlier this week, members of the Child Care Aware® of America Policy Team jumped on a plane and went to Tampa for a one-day on-site Advocacy Training. They worked closely with the Children’s Forum in Tallahassee to put together a jam-packed agenda for each of the 60 attendees at the training. The morning started off bright… Read more »

It Takes a Village – Rally4Babies Highlights Need to Invest in Early Childhood

“The African saying, that it takes a village to raise a child is true, but the thing we need to remember all the time is that we are that village, it’s not somebody else, each one of us are part of the village and we have to daily say, what I can do to contribute… Read more »

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