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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 »

Health Resource Spotlight: A Water-Loving Otter Named Potter

The Problem The average 4- to 5-year-old child consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar each day, or 65 pounds per year! The majority of that sugar comes from fruit drinks, high-fat desserts, soft drinks, and candy. One Solution A storybook for young children featuring a beloved animal whose loves to drink—and spread the word about… Read more »

Helping Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Over 9,000 children under six experience homelessness in Kansas and over one million nationwide. These children face an increased risk of experiencing developmental delays, physical health and social-emotional problems. Early childhood, specifically infancy, is the stage of life correlated with the highest risk of residing in a homeless shelter. High quality early childhood education, including… Read more »

Provider Health Spotlight on Patricia Crosby

Spotlight Patricia Crosby, Owner, Patricia’s Day Care, Baltimore, MD The Problem In many U.S. families, parents work long hours, often leaving them without the energy to cook balanced, healthy dinners for their household. The Solution A child care provider who serves up to three nutritious meals and two snacks a day to the children in… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Welcomes Four New Board Members

Organization’s expanded board adds experts in military, finance, bilingual education and health   WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America added four additions to our board of directors, of whom have expertise in military child care, nonprofit finance, bilingual education and child health, rounding out the organization’s newly expanded 17-member board. Child Care Aware®… Read more »

Children’s Environmental Health Day

Now more than ever, the need to protect the health of the most vulnerable among us is paramount. Children are our most valuable resource—they represent the very future of our nation. Yet over the past few decades children have faced increasing rates of chronic illness and developmental issues linked to environmental exposures and our changing… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Announces Online Media Center Resource

CCAoA’s Media Center will house critical research, issue-specific information, and spokesperson biographies WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) unveiled its Media Center, an online clearinghouse featuring policy reports and research as well as brand guidelines and issue overviews. The Media Center will allow users to quickly and easily access the most up-to-date… Read more »

As Hispanic Heritage Month Comes to a Close, Look to the Future!

Latinos are a vibrant, and as we have been reminded of recently, resilient people. Today’s Latinos are over 55 million strong, making up nearly 20 percent of the American population. Even as one of the fastest-growing demographics, Latinos are seldom invited to have a seat at the table, in particular, when it comes to decision-making… Read more »

Family Engagement: What IS IT and What Does It LOOK LIKE?

Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement, many of whom spend 30 hours or more per week in out of home care.  Over 100,000 of Kansas children are served through Kansas early care programs. Early care and education settings are… Read more »

September 2017 Footnotes

In September we celebrated National Preparedness Month, and with it the beginning of hurricane season. Our emergency preparedness team has been hard at work, connecting with parents and child care providers and proving support, tools, and resources to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Child Care Aware® of America is also finalizing plans… Read more »

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