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Senate Appropriations Committee Approves Bill That Protects Funding for Child Care

Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved its FY 2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill. Unlike the House version, the Senate bill does not propose any spending cuts to programs that support child care including the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and the Child Care Access Means Parents in School… Read more »

Vroom Resources Promote Healthy Brain Development

Vroom materials have been a wonderful resource to integrate into our existing programs. When parents call requesting a child care search, we engage in conversation about child development and reaffirm to each parent the special role they play as being their child’s first and most important teacher. As families enroll in our financial assistance program… Read more »

The Next Chapter: Knocking on the Door to Kindergarten

It hardly seems possible that we are in the midst of transitioning from preschool to kindergarten with our oldest child. How did that curious little infant we had 5 years ago move so quickly through toddlerhood and preschool? Yet, we are rapidly approaching the first day of kindergarten and a host of emotions that come… Read more »

National Preparedness Month – Take the Pledge!

Ensuring you, your loved ones, and your little ones are prepared for any and all emergencies is of paramount importance. September is National Preparedness Month and CCAoA is encouraging parents, child care providers and child care resource and referral staff to take the Preparedness Pledge. By signing up for the preparedness pledge you will receive… Read more »

Family Voices Successful at Driving Federal Policy

In the Spring of 2017, families from across the nation joined early care and education system professionals in Washington, D.C. These families traveled from all four corners of the United States including Washington, California, Florida, Maine and 18 other states in between. It was incredible to witness the diversity this group encompassed and their passion… Read more »

What I’ve Learned at Child Care Aware ® of America This Summer

  Finding a solution to child care issues in the United States is a daunting task that has stumped every policy maker to date. It seems that no matter what stance you take, there is always someone left unhappy. While interning for Child Care Aware® of America, I was given the unique opportunity to analyze… Read more »

Child Care Disaster Response and Recovery Webinar Series

The horrific damage caused by Hurricane Harvey on the Texas gulf coast reminds us of the profound impact that disasters have on children and adults, resulting in feelings of uncertainty for everyone. Young children do best when their lives have predictable caregivers, schedules, and settings. A disaster can throw all of those things off balance,… Read more »

From One Family to Another: Tips to Make the Transition Easier

As a mom who has experience in transitioning children from child care to school, I’d like to share some tips with parents that are experiencing this for the first time this fall. My 9-year-old son has already made the transition from home child care to preschool, then to an elementary school to after school care…. Read more »

Policies that Support Breastfeeding in Child Care Facilities

Helping children get off to a good, healthy start in life is one of the hallmarks of quality child care. It makes sense that quality child care programs would have policies in place that support good infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding. There are many reasons that child care should support breastfeeding families: Opportunities for family… Read more »

What’s a Healthy Transition from Child Care to School Look Like?

For many families across the country, their little ones are going to school for the first time. Whether starting a brand new routine after being cared for in a home-based setting or if care was provided in a child care center, going to “big-kid school” is a big deal! It is a lot of change… Read more »

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