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Full text, Ann O’Leary’s opening keynote at 2014 Symposium

This blog is republished from the Next Generation blog dated April 2. NOTE: The remarks below were delivered by Ann O’Leary on April 2, 2014 when she opened the 2014 Child Care Aware of America Symposium on early education policy, research, and practice.  Thank you Lynette for inviting me here today and to the California Child Care… Read more »

2014 Symposium – Day 2 and 3

Recap Day 1: 2014 Symposium Kicks off to Great Start Day 2 Thursday began early when Senators Barbara Mikulski and Richard Burr were honored during breakfast with the Working for Working Families Award, kicking off day two of the Child Care Aware® of America 2014 Symposium. Burr attended breakfast with symposium attendees to receive the… Read more »

2014 Symposium Kicks Off With a Great Start

Read about days 2 and 3 of the 2014 Symposium Linda K. Smith, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services(HHS), received the Sandra J. Skolnik Public Policy Leadership Award during the opening session for the… Read more »

Partnering for Families With Sesame Workshop

We are so pleased to collaborate  with Sesame Workshop to distribute free resources through our membership from trusted characters children know and love! A big welcome to Sesame Workshop as part of Child Care Aware® of America’s official partner.  ~ Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director, Child Care Aware® of America. Guest blog by Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior… Read more »

1K for Kids: Participate in Symposium From Home!

This year at Symposium, we’re asking everyone to help continue the momentum for children in child care. You created a social stir during our Reddit AMA event and helped generate thousands of emails to push the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) through the Senate. Now, you can join us for… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America member testifies before House Subcommittee for CCR&R perspective on CCDBG Reauthorization

Editor’s Note:  On Tuesday, March 25, Paula Koos, executive director of Oklahoma Child Care Resource and Referral Association (OCCRRA),  testified  before the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, which is chaired by Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN).  We asked Paula to share some of her testimony and a little bit… Read more »

Oklahoma CCR&R Director to Testify at House Committee Hearing on CCDBG Reauthorization

The House Education and the Workforce Committee, chaired by Representative John Kline (R-MN) recently announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on CCDBG Reauthorization after the Senate approved legislation by a vote of 96-2 to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. Chairman Kline released this statement following the passage of… Read more »

Early Literacy Programs Give Young Children a Bright Start

Learn more about what Nemours BrightStart! is doing to get children ready to read in this guest blog post from Caroline Schierle. Caroline and her colleague Kerry Eldred will present at the 2014 Symposium.  If a child is not reading on grade level by the end of first grade, there is only a 10 percent chance he… Read more »

Senate Overwhelmingly Passes CCDBG Reauthorization Bill: Day 2 Recap

In an effort to significantly improve the quality of child care across the nation and to prove that it is possible for the Senate to work in regular order, in a bipartisan manner.  By a vote of 96-2, the Senate approved S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, turning the focus… Read more »

Senate Takes Up CCDBG Reauthorization: Day 1 Recap

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) kicked off the floor action on the bill earlier this morning and stated, “In the two decades since this important program was last authorized, we’ve learned a great deal about the importance of early childhood education and high-quality child care. This bipartisan measure builds on that knowledge, it updates… Read more »

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