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Mapping the Gaps in Infant & Toddler Care Supply and Demand

Child Care Aware® of America is excited to release four new story maps examining gaps in child care supply and demand  for infants and toddlers. Child care slots for children age birth to three can be both difficult to find and unaffordable for many  families. Our Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) partners in Alaska,… Read more »

Symposium 2018: Here’s What You May Have Missed

We were absolutely thrilled to have almost 400 attendees from 41 states join us for this year’s Child Care Aware® of America 2018 Symposium April 17-20 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. We celebrated 30 years of passion and persistence and ignited possibilities! This biennial event brought child care experts, Child Care Resource and… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Releases Statement on SNAP

WASHINGTON, DC — Dr. Lynette M. Fraga, executive director of Child Care Aware® of America, issued the following statement on changes the House Agriculture Committee has approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the current version of the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2): “SNAP benefits are a national safety net for poor families… Read more »

Power to the Profession: Provide Feedback and Shape Your Future

Child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies, you have the opportunity to help shape the future of the early care and education workforce! Child Care Aware® of America is one of 15 national organizations leading Power to the Profession, a collaborative effort focused on developing a plan on how we define the early childhood profession…. Read more »

FY2018 Appropriations Bill Passed in the Senate: A Message From Our Executive Director

At Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), we are thrilled that the FY2018 appropriations bill has passed in the Senate, which includes an increase of $2.37 billion in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). This funding is critical in supporting systems professionals, providers, children and families across the nation. CCAoA will continue to fight for and… Read more »

Is it time?

I have a few more months until I can say I have officially finished school. I will have a newly minted master’s degree in social work with a lot of opportunity ahead of me (at least that’s what I keep telling myself). Unfortunately, I feel I am being a bit too optimistic because, let’s be… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Statement on New Medicaid Work Requirement Guidance

WASHINGTON, DC — On the heels of the Trump Administration’s decision to allow states to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, many of whom are children, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), executive director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement: “Almost 70 million pregnant women, children and people with low incomes rely on Medicaid… Read more »

Announcing the Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series

Child Care Aware® of America is rolling out a new informative series that illuminates exemplary family and community engagement practices. The Family and Community Engagement: Promising Practices Spotlight Series highlights and celebrates innovative, high-quality family and community engagement programs occurring in a range of early childhood settings. We hope this series will not only introduce… Read more »

2018 Hurricane Season: Let’s Get Ready

The 2018 hurricane season is almost upon us and Child Care Aware® of America wants to ensure that you and those for which you care are ready! According to the National Weather Service, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, hurricane season begins on May 15 and ends November 30, while the Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June… Read more »

Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum

The Problem The number one cause of death and disability for children in the U.S. is from injuries. Most injuries are preventable AND predictable. One Solution A new online Safety and Injury Prevention Curriculum for Early Care and Education Settlings developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is an educational tool for child… Read more »

VIDEO: The Importance of Finding a Child Care Center You Trust

Sosha unfortunately had to bounce around from child care to child care due to lack of affordability. But in 2012 – she found the child care center of her dreams!   Listen to her story: Parents and families, with multiple children rely on quality child care to balance home life and continue to work. Hear more… Read more »

Alabama Family Advocates Make Lasting First Impression With Memorable Child Care Story

It is an honor to be the first family advocates from Alabama represented at this longstanding Symposium and rally. The energy, momentum and knowledge exchanged during this week-long advocacy experience will forever be etched in our hearts and minds. From the hustle and bustle down the Senate and House hallways meeting with 12 lawmakers and… Read more »

Addressing Trauma through Quality Early Learning Experiences

Early childhood professionals, researchers and policymakers are talking about childhood trauma. Traumatic events that children experience include abuse or neglect, divorce, or the incarceration of a parent. These experiences, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), are common, often occur together and can impact long-term health outcomes such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Early… Read more »

Waffle House Shooting: What Child Care Providers Can Learn from a Tragedy

Around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday (April 22, 2018) in Antioch, Tennessee a 29-year-old man opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant, killing four individuals, including three customers. The incident provides us with a few important lessons: Have a plan for prolonged incidents The Waffle House shooter remained at large, in the community, for nearly 34… Read more »

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