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Dissecting the Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013

The bi-partisan Strong Start for America’s Children Act of 2013, introduced today by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Congressman George Miller (D-CA), and Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY), at an event on Capitol Hill sends a signal that the national conversation is just beginning around the importance of early learning. Senator Harkin, Rep. Miller, and Rep. Hanna… Read more »

What is QRIS? Webinar Series Continues Thursday

As Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) have expanded across the country, states are focusing on the “I,” improving quality. Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are important players in the quality improvement landscape and have a large stake in the structure and functioning of QRIS. Our “Raise Your Hand” webinar series continues on… Read more »

Veterans Day at Child Care Aware® of America

November 11 is the day our nation pauses to honor our veterans for their service and their sacrifices. Parades are held, speeches are given and heartfelt thanks are conveyed. November is also Month of the Military Family, honoring those who support our service men and women. We are proud to have military families and veterans… Read more »

New Report Finds States Lacking in Background Checks and Inspections

On Monday, November 4, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General released a report on the monitoring of licensed child care providers. The findings, while displaying the dire state of child care licensing standards nationwide, are not surprising. The report found that 21 states do not require all licensed child… Read more »

Nevada On-Site Advocacy Trainings

Recently, Child Care Aware of America had the great pleasure of traversing to Nevada for not one, but two advocacy trainings.  Starting off with a training in Reno, hosted by the Children’s Cabinet and finishing with a training in Las Vegas, hosted at United Way of Southern Nevada, Child Care Aware® of America’s policy staff… Read more »

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: A Report

Child care is unaffordable for many families. The costs leave children in questionable environments that can have long-term consequences for them and for our nation’s future. We explore and analyze these costs in our annual report, released today, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2013 Report. The report lays out the cost of… Read more »

White House, Sesame Street Endorse Healthy Options for Children

Today I joined First Lady Michelle Obama, Sesame Street and many coalition partners at the White House to continue the mission to end the childhood obesity epidemic. Let’s Move! and Sesame Workshop are partnering with the produce industry to use Elmo, Cookie Monster and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to help market… Read more »

It’s Not About Free Child Care

In an Oct 17 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Red Jahncke, asserts  universal preschool programs are really about “…Providing parents with free day care under the guise of education.”  We disagree. This conversation is not about “free daycare” but rather the availability of quality, affordable and accessible early learning programs, which include child… Read more »

Early Childhood Education Major + College Degree = Low Pay

We ask a lot of our child care and early learning providers. We expect them to provide children safe learning environments, engage them in thoughtful activities and prepare them for school success. We prefer providers to have coursework, training and experience in early education and development, to know about and master content covering topics from… Read more »

Dual Language Learning: Benefits and Practice

This is Part II of a three-part  blog series with Peggy McLeod, deputy VP for education and workforce development with the National Council of La Raza. Here Peggy discusses dual language learning and the benefits and implications for Latino children. Lynette: Let’s set the foundation here: What does dual language learner (DLL) mean? Peggy: For children… Read more »

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