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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 »

Health Resource Spotlight: Your Program’s Mealtime Practices—a Quick Self-Assessment

The Problem Other healthy meal self-assessment tools exist, but they focus on detailed best practices related to nutrition and healthy eating environments. They can be complicated and time-consuming. One Solution The Positive Eating Environment Self-Assessment for Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs is a brief user-friendly assessment of basic mealtime practices. It is designed to… Read more »

VIDEO: The Importance of a Locating a Nurturing Child Care Facility

Amber and Travis, married with two kids, work corporate jobs with long hours and worry about the type of influence that child care providers can have on their children. With the help of quality child care, they have the satisfaction of knowing their children are in a nurturing and compassionate environment. Many parents and families… Read more »

Location, Location, Location! The Safe Siting of Child Care Facilities

Location is everything nowadays. Where we live and work can determine the types of professional opportunities we have, as well as how we spend our free time. Many people may not realize that the locations where we spend a lot of time can directly affect our health. This is especially true for young children, whose… Read more »

House Tax Reform Package Approved in Committee and Senate Proposal Released

Earlier today, the House Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” on a party-line vote. While proposals to expand and enhance the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) were not included in the amended version, the proposal to eliminate Dependent Care Flexible Savings Accounts was overturned…. Read more »

Flu Season is Here: Take Precautions to Keep You and Your Loved Ones Healthy

It is officially fall. Along with leaves changing, chillier weather, and pumpkin and apple cider-flavored treats, there is one more thing to keep your eye on – the seasonal flu. The seasonal flu is back again and without protection and precautions, it can cause harm to you and the children in your care. To protect… Read more »

Helping Young Children Recover from Traumatic Events – What the Science Tells Us

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, as “stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect.” New national data reveals that more than 46 percent of U.S. children—34 million under age 18—have experienced at least one traumatic event. More than 20 percent have experienced two or more…. Read more »

Books and Resources to Help Children Before and After Emergency Drills

In September 2016, Child Care Resource Center, the resource and referral agency serving the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, began implementing the Child Care Aware® of America’s Resiliency Hub pilot project. The goal of this project is to “increase the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies to serve as resilience hubs in their communities in… Read more »

The House just introduced their tax reform package

House Unveils Tax Reform Package

Yesterday, House Republican leadership introduced the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.”  This anticipated legislation is designed to reform the tax code for the first time since the 1980s, including changes to deductions and tax credits. Child Care Aware® of America supports initiatives by Congress that would strengthen and expand tax credits that support… Read more »

Relationships Matter – A Parent’s Perspective

Ever wonder what parents value in their relationships with child care providers? I wanted to know what it takes to meaningfully engage families so I turned to an expert! Meet Katey, a vivacious mom from Kansas. During a Q&A session, Katey provided a glimpse into what family engagement means to her family as she opened… Read more »

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