Category: Advocacy & Public Policy

Senate Unveils Draft Health Care Repeal Legislation

Earlier today, the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), released draft legislation, the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA),” that would change or eliminate major provisions of the federal health care law. As a reminder, the House passed its health repeal and replace plan, the “American Health Care Act of 2017” (AHCA), last month…. Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Child Care Licensing Database Launch

For nearly a decade, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has established expectations for and documented states’ standards and oversight for child care licensing. Our research reports, We Can Do Better: 2013 and Leaving Children to Chance: 2012, respectively assessed and ranked states’ child care licensing standards for center-based child care, and for small family… Read more »

Guest Blog: Prevent to Protect – A Mother’s Experience with the Unheard of Viral Cause of a Birth Defect

Most women have never heard of Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (less than 9%) but they need to know about this virus if they are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. CMV is a common and sometimes serious virus for a pregnant woman and her unborn child. June is National CMV Awareness Month If you read “The Danger of… Read more »

The Accountant and Child Care Advocacy: Part One

You may be wondering how you landed on an article written by a CPA that is not related to a technical issue? Allow me to explain. Recently, my wife and I received an opportunity to attend the Child Care Aware® of America’s 2017 Family Advocacy Summit. This 3 part series will take you through the… Read more »

May 2017 Footnotes

Along with the month of May comes a multitude of work around our upcoming public policy research projects, several of which are on track for release this summer. Activities and excitement around our 30th anniversary continue, planning for our 2018 Symposium have begun, and we are pleased to share details around several new initiatives, including… Read more »

Preparing for Hurricanes

It’s that time of the year, to be sure we are ready for hurricanes. Preparing in advance has numerous advantages, not the least of which is preventing the last-minute scramble when a hurricane is bearing down and shelves and supplies are depleted. Pacific hurricane season starts May 15, and Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1… Read more »

The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children

Everyone agrees toddlers are cute–and they are! But if you are a daycare worker, a nursery volunteer, or have a toddler in daycare, you need to know about cytomegalovirus (CMV). What is CMV?  The month of June is National Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month. CMV, or cytomegalovirus (sī-to-MEG-a-lo-vī-rus), is a common virus, according to CongenitalCMV.org. Between 50-80% of… Read more »

Should I stay or should I go?

Not only are these catchy song lyrics, these are common questions you may ask yourself following an emergency or disaster event that affects you, your program, neighborhood, or community. Different types of emergencies constitute different reactions – if you smell smoke or hear a fire alarm, evacuate quickly! However, if you learn of a tornado… Read more »

Why Child Care Center Staff Need to Care About Flu Prevention

Every winter, influenza (the flu) ravages both adults and children, spreading like wildfire throughout the community and leaving many at home, in bed, feeling awful for days. Child care centers are affected because the influenza virus is highly contagious, and children are apt to spread the virus unknowingly both to their peers and to adults…. Read more »

A Message from Our Executive Director Regarding the President’s Budget Request

Today, President Trump released his budget request for FY 18, which proposed very harmful cuts to programs that support low-income and working-class families and children, including a cut to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which serves about 1.5 million income eligible children per month. The proposed cuts will put access to quality, affordable,… Read more »

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