Category: Quality

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 »

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 »

The Role Child Care Plays for Single Parents

Child care was a lifesaver for my family and me. I am a single mom and have taken my three children to child care since they were 2 years old. I would not have been able to support my family without child care. When my children turned of age in 2012 I also received custody… Read more »

A Mother’s Story: The Challenge and Gift of Affording Quality Child Care

I work in the nonprofit sector. It is something I am incredibly passionate about, but I do not make a lot of money. I have twin boys that are just over a year-and-a-half old now. They are in child care and have been since they were infants. Fortunately, I was able to get an ABC… Read more »

Celebrating Provider Appreciation Day

Child care plays a vital role in the early education and care of our nation’s children. This is especially important given that the early years of a child’s life are the most critical for development. We know that children who receive high-quality child care benefit throughout their lives. However, despite the importance of high-quality child… Read more »

Our Chief of Policy Speaks to The Preschool Podcast on Impactful Advocacy for Child Care

Child Care Aware® of America’s Chief of Policy, Michelle McCready had the pleasure of speaking with The Preschool Podcast, a platform for leaders in early childhood education to share their experiences, thoughts and insights in the world of early learning. During this podcast, Michelle talks about impactful advocacy.  Michelle provides vision, leadership, and management to the… Read more »

Family Voices, Quality Choices

In May, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) will begin piloting the Family Voices, Quality Choices resource suite—a collection of child care consumer information and outreach materials—at two Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies for a period of four months. Child Care Services Association in North Carolina and Child Care Aware® of Kansas have partnered… Read more »

Month of the Military Child: CCAoA Board Member Patricia Barron’s Story

April has always been one of my favorite months. We emerge from the drabness of winter into blooming colors and sun filled days. Spring never fails to refresh and renew my spirit. April is also the Month of the Military Child and, as a military mom who raised three military children in an Army family,… Read more »

Honoring Health Equity Day: What is Child Care’s Role?

Today is Health Equity Day, an opportunity to explore how child care plays an instrumental role in ensuring that all are afforded the opportunity to attain their highest level of health. We know that children’s health is shaped by their environments—where they live, what they eat, how much they play, and if they have access… Read more »

Dear Ivanka: If you want to fix child care, don’t start with women like me

When I heard you utter the words “affordable, quality child care for all families” at the Republican convention last summer, I literally stood up and cheered in the middle of my living room. It’s one of the many, and arguably one of the most important, issues facing working families. These are the families that I… Read more »

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