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Child Care Training Matters!

In a survey by the National Center for Early Development and Learning, nearly half (46 percent) of kindergarten teachers in a nationwide sample said that over half of the children in their class weren’t ready to succeed in school. Why?  Before we get out the magic wand and with Harry Potter-like precision create pre-kindergarten programs… Read more »

Calling on Mothers – Time to Speak Up!

Last week in Washington, D.C., David Gray and Lisa Guernsey from the New America Foundation’s Workforce and Family Program and Early Education Initiative, led a panel discussion entitled, “Speaking Up: What the Presidential Candidates Should be Saying about Child Care and Early Learning.” In looking at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one… Read more »

Child Care Training Matters!

Playground accidents happen, just ask any parent.  A scraped elbow, a scraped knee, but on September 9,  19-month-old Faith Phillips died from injuries she sustained  just a few days before at a licensed child care center in Wasilla, Alaska. What happened?  A parent’s worst nightmare.  The toddler’s head became stuck in a hole in some… Read more »

Are Children in Child Care Safe During Disasters?

Too many states fail to ensure the safety of children in child care during disasters During normal working hours – which total more than 2,000 hours a year – the safety of nearly 68 million children is in the hands of school officials and child care providers.  Most parents logically assume that when they drop… Read more »

New Report Shows High Cost of Child Care

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2012 Report Parents want quality child care for their children, but the slow economic recovery and the high cost of child care make paying for child care difficult for working families. In August, Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource… Read more »

Child Care Inspections Promote Children’s Safety

In a Pennsylvania child care setting, 17-month-old Warren died in an outdated and unsafe crib that trapped his head in a corner. Sadly, an inspection could have made a difference — potentially saving his life. Unfortunately, too many states do not inspect child care programs on a regular basis. California only inspects child care centers… Read more »

Joshua’s Story

Joshua Minton’s parents did what many parents do when looking for child care. They asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations. They selected a provider for their son Joshua. They didn’t know that the provider had been cited over a period of years for numerous safety violations in state inspection reports. Several times, the provider… Read more »

Jacob’s Story

Avonda Fox of Texas suffered a horrific loss when her 4-year-old son, Jacob, died due to negligence by a child care center.  Jacob was left in a van for an unknown period of time in 103 degree heat. To elude police of guilt, Jacob’s body was placed at a local park.  When the child care… Read more »

Reagan’s Story

Natalie Wolfe from Indiana did what many parents do when looking for child care.  Natalie and her husband asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.   They selected a provider to care for their two year old daughter as well as their newborn, 3-month-old daughter, Reagan.  Before placing their children in the care of this provider,… Read more »

Madelyne’s Story

Lawrence Hall from Ohio did what many parents do when looking for child care.  Lawrence and his wife asked family, friends and neighbors for recommendations.  They selected a provider for their first-born daughter, Madelyne.  The provider was unlicensed but the Halls felt comfortable because everyone told them that the caregiver had 15 years of experience… Read more »

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