Category: Families / Programs

Top 5 Victories in 2017 That Pave the Way for A Successful 2018

Many families struggle to find child care that meets their needs and high-quality programs are difficult to find and typically have long waiting lists. We believe that no child or family should have to choose between affordability and quality. So we continue our work in convening thought-leaders, advocating on Capitol Hill, and keeping our communities… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Brrr…

The Problem Much of the country has been struck this season by record low temperatures and never-before-seen snowfalls. How do we keep young children safe and warm through it all? One Solution Three pages of helpful Cold Weather Safety tips from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW). The tips fall into… Read more »

How I Navigated Finding Child Care, What I Learned

Military Child Care vs. Civilian Child Care We are moving to Germany,” my husband told me as he got his first official orders for the U.S. Army. I was so excited to be moving overseas I didn’t even think ahead to the fact that I may not be able to work. I was pregnant at… Read more »

Could Your Cell Phone Really Save Your Life?

Did you know the new iOS 11 feature on your iPhone allows you to call for Emergency SOS 911 help without using the keypad, even when your phone is locked? The great thing about this feature is that you can access emergency services silently and quickly.  Having a cell phone present during an emergency or… Read more »

Preparing Children for Healthy Lives

Child care prepares our littlest for the future, by helping them learn and grow. A lot of time and energy is spent making sure that children are healthy right now, today in child care—we create safe environments, we do health checks, and our licensing and monitoring visits are designed to make sure that there are no… Read more »

VIDEO: Help Can Come from an Unexpected Source

Daniela Salinas’ access to quality child care has been limited by high costs.  Like many states around the nation the cost of child care in her home state is more expensive than college tuition.  Watch as Daniela shares how voucher and subsidy programs help families make child care more affordable and enabled her to finish… Read more »

Holiday Toy Safety – Making Smart Choices While Allowing Children to Still Have Fun

The holiday season often brings an abundance of excitement for young children who anticipate receiving new toys and games. The gift givers’ tasks aren’t accomplished by simply finding and buying the wish list items—attention also needs to also be paid on ensuring that gifts are age appropriate and pose no safety hazards. Did you know?… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Tips for Keeping Children Safe – A Developmental Guide

The Problem We want young children to explore their environments, so they can acquire new skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, though, in the process of mastering skills such as eating solid foods or climbing, they can get injured. One Solution Tips for Keeping Children Safe: A Developmental Guide is a tool that provides safety tips for… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: New Resources, Guidance on Criminal Background Checks

The Problem States and territories must implement Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) requirements on criminal background checks, but those requirements are complicated and can be difficult to understand. One Solution The National Center on Subsidy Innovation and Accountability (NCSIA) has launched a new webpage devoted to Criminal Background Check Resources. The page contains comprehensive… Read more »

The Role Families Play in Identifying Child Care Challenges and Identifying Solutions

Children and their families are the heart of early care and education. We know that when child care providers and early educators work in close concert with families. Young children gain a stronger foundation for learning and development, Overall family well-being is enhanced, and The early care workforce experiences greater job satisfaction, and frequent turnover… Read more »

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