Category: Quality

UPDATED: A Message from Our Executive Director Regarding the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit

Child Care Aware® of America supports initiatives by Congress that would strengthen access to affordable child care for all. Unfortunately, the House-passed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (H.R. 1) fails to address the child care needs of working families by not providing sufficient tax relief and prioritizing expansion of critical tax credits, including the Child… Read more »

Mapping the Child Care Gaps Across the Country

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to announce the expansion of our child care deserts work with the release of the first two in a series of customized state-based interactive story maps, called Mapping the GapTM, that explores the gaps between child care supply and demand. CCAoA coined the term “child care desert” last fall… Read more »

Why I Closed My In-Home Child Care

“If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paul Coehlo, author of The Alchemist In the past four years since my son was born, I’ve said two difficult goodbyes to two careers that I loved. The struggle to make those decisions is not necessarily something I’d want to relive,… Read more »

New Bill Would Make Affordable Child Care a Reality for All Families

Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.”  This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care. Child care plays an important role in the economy, helping to generate 15 million jobs and more than $500… Read more »

What to Look for in a Quality Afterschool Program

Backpack, paper, pencils, and homework folder: for many families, that’s the standard shopping list for back-to-school season. However, one key item is missing: your child’s afterschool program! Choosing the perfect program for your child can make the transition from early child care to aftercare seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! We want to… Read more »

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

In 2014, with the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), all states were required to have stronger licensing standards. States were then searching for tools to both document their current licensing regulations and develop benchmarks toward meeting best practices for health and safety. To meet that need, we developed CCAoA’s Child Care… 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 »

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