Federal Assistance Has Helped, but More Is Needed

By Kim Engelman on September 14, 2020


Financial Impact and Federal Relief 

The COVID-19 impact on child care programs is pervasive and multi-faceted. Child care business owners have faced abrupt program closures or reduced operational capacity. Programs that stayed open, including those mandated to only serve essential workers, have had to front much higher than usual operational costs. These extra costs include cleaning and disinfection supplies, health screening resources, personal protective equipment, and environmental modifications to accommodate small group sizes and physical distancing in programs. Payroll costs also have surged as more staff is needed to conduct health screenings for children in care, clean throughout the day and supervise smaller groups of children. 

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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Remembrance and Gratitude on September 11

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on September 11, 2020

It was a few days after my son’s second birthday. The day began, hurried as most and late as usual. I was doing my best to reach the office by 9 a.m.  I hadn’t quite mastered the art of juggling work and parenthood (Do we ever? Perhaps that’s a question for another blog post). But, I remember enjoying our time together after settling into the car for our 20 minute commute to his child care provider. It was our special time, talking and singing to our favorite music on the radio.

Topics: Family Stories

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National Preparedness Month

By Julie Looper Coats on September 04, 2020

It’s September! And as you may know, each September is recognized as National Preparedness MonthPreparedness Month promotes family and community disaster planning now, during the month, and throughout the year. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention

By Jillian Ritter on September 02, 2020

Carbon Monoxide 

Emergency events or disasters can happen anywhere at any time.  And with some types of events, power may be lost or turned off for a period of timeLuckily, generators are a good source of power for your home or business and can be used relatively easilyHowever, it is important to use a generator safely to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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What the House's FY2021 Funding Includes for Child Care

By Casey Peeks on September 01, 2020

While Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) focuses our advocacy efforts on the immediate need for emergency stabilization funds for the child care industry to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual funding, or appropriations, process continues.  

Last month, the House of Representatives passed the FY2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education spending bill that includes funding increases for federal early learning and care programs. This funding would kick in on October 1, 2020.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Your On-the-Go Consumer Education Brochure Suite for Parents

By Kim Engelman on August 26, 2020

The process of searching for child care is undeniably one of the most difficult processes for families with young children to navigate. We are excited to share with you a newly refreshed suite of on-the-go child care information brochures that help you talk with Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and providers when choosing safe and quality care.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, En español, Parenting

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