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From Rhetoric to Reality: Inspiring the Nation to Action

Steeped in history and required by the United States Constitution, the President is required “from time to time” to give the Congress information about the State of the Union and to recommend for their consideration measures he deems “necessary and expedient.” It’s more than a great speech- it is an opportunity to focus the nation… Read more »

Mikulski and Rogers Unveil Omnibus Spending Bill for FY2014

Senate Appropriations Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and House Appropriations Chair Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced an Omnibus Spending bill for Fiscal Year 2014 on Monday night, searching for an end to years of partisan budget battles and averting another government shutdown.  The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 consolidates the 12 appropriations bills into a… Read more »

Congress Set to Pass Spending Bill with Investments for Early Learning

Wednesday, Congress will begin voting on a spending bill that includes investments in early childhood education. Late Monday night, Senate Appropriations Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Chair Representative Hal Rogers announced an agreement on a spending bill that will fund the government through September 30, 2014. The spending bill consolidates the 12 appropriations bills… Read more »

Children and the War on Poverty

This month marks the 50th anniversary of “The War on Poverty.” In January 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson launched several initiatives to help lift the 1 in 5 Americans who were living in poverty at the time. “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptoms of poverty, but to cure it and, above all,… Read more »

2013: Setting the Stage for Young Children in 2014

For years Child Care Aware® of America has shared one message: affordable, high quality child care matters. It matters for children and it matters for families. This year, the White House took notice, with President Obama making expanded opportunities for high quality child care and early learning not just a part of his policy agenda,… Read more »

Top 5 Most Read Blogs in 2013

The year is coming to a close and Child Care Aware® of America wishes its members, partners and colleagues a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on 2013, here are our top five blog posts: #5  –  Dual Language Learning: Benefits and Practice This Q&A with the National Council of La Raza generated… Read more »

Bi-Partisan Budget Deal Passes Out of House, Moves to Senate

Last night, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal 332-94, reducing the likelihood of another government shutdown and setting the stage for Senate action, expected next week.  The agreement, crafted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) sets discretionary spending for two years and replaces a second round… Read more »

Child Care Aware of America Travels to the Golden State

The staff on-site from Child Care Aware® of America included Director of Policy Michelle Noth McCready, Senior Government Affairs Associate Nick Vucic, and Communications and Public Affairs Specialist Sara Miller. After introductions by the advocates, displaying the wide-range of backgrounds and professions present, the Child Care Aware® of America staff dove right into the complex… Read more »

Child Care Provider Reacts to Cost of Care Report

Child Care Aware® of America’s Parents and the High Cost of Care: 2013 Report received a huge reaction from the media – more than 250 references in the news, reaching an estimated 2 million readers and viewers. In the report we noted child care is one of the lowest paying professional fields and one of… Read more »

Harkin, Miller, Hanna Propose Strong Start for America’s Children Act

Today, Congress sent a clear message to the nation. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA) introduced the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013 in the Senate and House, respectively. Flanked by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY), Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and actress Jennifer Garner, Harkin and Miller introduced the bill before… Read more »

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