Building Advocates in Montana

Last week, Nick Vucic, Government Affairs Associate, and Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs Specialist, flew across the country for a trip to Helena, Montana for a two-day on-site advocacy training.     The training began with some ice breakers and an overview of advocacy vs. lobbying followed up with a couple of hours of… Read more »

Congress Must Act to Mitigate Impact of Shutdown on Families

We are more than two weeks into the federal government “shutdown.” The negative consequences of the shutdown for children and families across the country are very real. Essentially, when the new fiscal year began on October 1, there was no money for most programs that have to be funded annually by Congress. This partial shutdown… Read more »

Making the Case for Early Education: Webinar

What happens when you ask 800 voters about their opinions on early learning? The second Raise Your Hand webinar reveals just that. I’m pleased to welcome Kris Perry, executive director of First Five Years Fund, and Catriona Macdonald, campaign manager for the Grow America Stronger campaign, to our second Raise Your Hand webinar, Early Learning… Read more »

Q&A with the National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is an organization whose mission is to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The  largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, NCLR, has nearly 300  affiliated community-based organizations, and touches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.  … Read more »

New Jersey Advocacy Training

Last week, members of the Child Care Aware® of America Policy and Communications teams hopped in the car bright and early for a trip to West Windsor, NJ for a two-day on-site advocacy training. The team consisted of Jasmine Smith, Senior Policy Advisor; Nick Vucic, Government Affairs Associate; and Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs… Read more »

Raise Your Hand for Child Care Webinar Series

Child Care Aware®of America is embarking on a five-month campaign to help shape the ongoing national conversation around various opportunities that enrich the state of child care and early education in this country.  The Raise Your Hand webinar series strives to raise awareness about federal and state early learning opportunities that support child care, connect… Read more »

The Child Care and Development Block Grant Moves Onward

Today the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, passed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2013 out of Committee. A lot has changed in the past two decades and it’s been 17 years since the last reauthorization. This legislation places emphasis on promoting policies that will contribute to the safety… Read more »

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 »

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