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What Should You Do If Your Child Care Program Experiences an Active Shooter Threat?

It’s a scary thought, but one that is on many minds as news reports of such events continue. The first 45 days of 2018 have seen 18 school shootings in the United States. The latest being the tragic deaths of 17 individuals at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That number is alarming. And… Read more »

The Lifetime Influence Child Care Providers Have on Children and Families

Like many, I started providing child care as a means of supplementing family income while being able to stay home with my own children. I had previous experience in my teenage years as a steady date-night sitter and as a substitute at a center. I intended to be a provider for a few years. My… Read more »

As Child Care Costs Outpace College Tuition, Child Care Aware® of America Calls for Congressional, Trump Administration Action on Affordable, Quality Child Care

2018 Policy Agenda Recommendations Would Improve Financial Stability for Millions of Americans if Enacted The Child Care for Working Families Act is Top Priority WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2018 – With millions of American families struggling to afford and access quality child care, and early childhood education costs outpacing college tuition, Child Care Aware® of America today urged Congress to… Read more »

The 2018-2019 Child Care Policy Platform Highlights Critical Role of Nation’s Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

While it is difficult to find agreement on many of our nation’s priorities, one thing is for sure – There is unprecedented agreement that child care is a critical issue in the United States today. In fact, a recent poll found that 97 percent of Democrats, 89 percent of Independents, and 87 percent of Republicans,… Read more »

Investing in Early Childhood Pays Off

Would you take this deal? Buy one year of college, get three more for no additional cost. A no-brainer, right? That’s similar to what happens when society invests in early childhood programs such as high quality child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, and home visiting programs. For every dollar spent, between two and four… Read more »

January 2018 Child Care Provider of the Month — Learn ‘n Play Preschool

  Arlington, VA – January 30, 2018 – Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), National Association for Family Child Care, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Head Start Association (NHSA), the Afterschool Alliance, Teachstone and National Indian Child Care Association (NICCA) would like to congratulate family child care provider Tammy Oveson of… Read more »

VIDEO: Balancing Life – Finding Flexible Child Care for Parents with Demanding Schedules

Kathy, a married mother of three, struggled with finding a child care facility that could accept and accommodate her children’s unique needs, as well as her and her husband’s demanding work schedules. With the help of child care, she and her husband were no longer forced to alternate days off and were able to return… Read more »

NEW!! – Eco-Healthy Child Care®’s E-Learning Course

Have you ever heard that indoor air is often way more polluted than the outdoor air, and wondered whether that was actually true? It is, because in enclosed spaces the chemicals used in certain paints, varnishes, cleaners—and other pollutants including dirt, dust, dander—keep recirculating. So imagine what children in child care settings may be exposed… Read more »

Child Care Aware® of America Awarded One-Year-Grant From Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Funding will power development of “Child Care Data Center” to streamline access, affordability and quality for families and providers through clear data WASHINGTON, DC — Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), with support from a grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), will develop and test a web portal to drive improvements in the… Read more »

Top 5 Victories in 2017 That Pave the Way for A Successful 2018

Many families struggle to find child care that meets their needs and high-quality programs are difficult to find and typically have long waiting lists. We believe that no child or family should have to choose between affordability and quality. So we continue our work in convening thought-leaders, advocating on Capitol Hill, and keeping our communities… Read more »

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