White House, Sesame Street Endorse Healthy Options for Children

Today I joined First Lady Michelle Obama, Sesame Street and many coalition partners at the White House to continue the mission to end the childhood obesity epidemic. Let’s Move! and Sesame Workshop are partnering with the produce industry to use Elmo, Cookie Monster and Sesame Street’s other furry characters free of charge to help market… Read more »

It’s Not About Free Child Care

In an Oct 17 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Mr. Red Jahncke, asserts  universal preschool programs are really about “…Providing parents with free day care under the guise of education.”  We disagree. This conversation is not about “free daycare” but rather the availability of quality, affordable and accessible early learning programs, which include child… Read more »

Early Childhood Education Major + College Degree = Low Pay

We ask a lot of our child care and early learning providers. We expect them to provide children safe learning environments, engage them in thoughtful activities and prepare them for school success. We prefer providers to have coursework, training and experience in early education and development, to know about and master content covering topics from… Read more »

Dual Language Learning: Benefits and Practice

This is Part II of a three-part  blog series with Peggy McLeod, deputy VP for education and workforce development with the National Council of La Raza. Here Peggy discusses dual language learning and the benefits and implications for Latino children. Lynette: Let’s set the foundation here: What does dual language learner (DLL) mean? Peggy: For children… Read more »

Building Advocates in Montana

Last week, Nick Vucic, Government Affairs Associate, and Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs Specialist, flew across the country for a trip to Helena, Montana for a two-day on-site advocacy training.     The training began with some ice breakers and an overview of advocacy vs. lobbying followed up with a couple of hours of… Read more »

Congress Must Act to Mitigate Impact of Shutdown on Families

We are more than two weeks into the federal government “shutdown.” The negative consequences of the shutdown for children and families across the country are very real. Essentially, when the new fiscal year began on October 1, there was no money for most programs that have to be funded annually by Congress. This partial shutdown… Read more »

Making the Case for Early Education: Webinar

What happens when you ask 800 voters about their opinions on early learning? The second Raise Your Hand webinar reveals just that. I’m pleased to welcome Kris Perry, executive director of First Five Years Fund, and Catriona Macdonald, campaign manager for the Grow America Stronger campaign, to our second Raise Your Hand webinar, Early Learning… Read more »

Q&A with the National Council of La Raza

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is an organization whose mission is to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. The  largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, NCLR, has nearly 300  affiliated community-based organizations, and touches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.  … Read more »

New Jersey Advocacy Training

Last week, members of the Child Care Aware® of America Policy and Communications teams hopped in the car bright and early for a trip to West Windsor, NJ for a two-day on-site advocacy training. The team consisted of Jasmine Smith, Senior Policy Advisor; Nick Vucic, Government Affairs Associate; and Sara Miller, Communications and Public Affairs… Read more »

Raise Your Hand for Child Care Webinar Series

Child Care Aware®of America is embarking on a five-month campaign to help shape the ongoing national conversation around various opportunities that enrich the state of child care and early education in this country.  The Raise Your Hand webinar series strives to raise awareness about federal and state early learning opportunities that support child care, connect… Read more »

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