Category: Reports and Research

The 2018-2019 Child Care Policy Platform Highlights Critical Role of Nation’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

While it is difficult to find agreement on many of our nation’s priorities, one thing is for sure – There is unprecedented agreement that child care is a critical issue in the United States today. In fact, a recent poll found that 97 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Independents, and 87 percent of Republicans,… Read more »

Child Care is Unaffordable Across the Nation

That’s the bottom line from CCAoA’s just-published report on Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2017. Our signature annual report is now in its eleventh year and this year, as in previous years, child care represents one of the most significant expenses in parents’ budgets. In all regions of the country, families average… 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 »

Child Care Aware® of America’s New Story Maps Show States’ Child Care Gaps

First data-rich interactive maps show vast gaps in MA and AK WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America today released the first in its series of data-rich story maps of state child care gaps. The first interactive maps showed that one in four children in Alaska’s working families and two in five children in Massachusetts’s… Read more »

Child Care Affordability: Will the New Policy Work? Or Is There Still Progress to be Made?

With a variety of new policies on the verge of implementation, one can’t help but wonder…What’s next for my family and me? The Tax Policy Center (TPC) is one of many analytical groups that has been examining the new tax policy in order to find answers to these types of questions. In their research paper,… Read more »

Hope Clinton Shares How CCAoA Helped Expand Her Advocacy Knowledge

Blog post by summer intern Hope Clinton I’ve never really thought about what impacts children because I don’t plan on having any at the moment and I was a child not too long ago. However, now knowing all the problems children face, it’s something I find myself talking about quite often. I now explain to people… Read more »

William Klein Reflects on His Experience and Contributions to Important Research Efforts

Blog post by summer intern William Klein Growing up, I was never forced to think about the importance of having affordable and reliable child care. As the youngest child in a typical middle class family, I never had to worry about having inadequate care, and since I had no younger siblings, I never had the opportunity… Read more »

Health Resource Spotlight: Child Care State Licensing Database

The Problem States need a way to measure whether their current child care licensing standards do or do not meet the Caring for Our Children Basics (CFOC Basics) guidelines. Those are the minimum health and safety standards that child care programs should meet. The Solution The research team at Child Care Aware® of America developed a… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases 2017 State Fact Sheets

Help for families struggling to pay for quality child care, such as the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), is, pivotal to supporting quality child care in the nation. Strategically, states are already investing CCDBG funds in raising the quality of child care programs, as well as in efforts to improve affordability of… 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 »

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