Adina Young

Adina Young
Adina Young is the Sr. Communications Manager at Child Care Aware® of America.

Recent Posts

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

By Adina Young on September 12, 2019

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 and some of the changes can have an impact on a child’s health, for instance, the amount of active play time and the kind of meals being served.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Health & Safety

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‘Tis The Season of Giving: How One CCR&R Won a $25K Grant

By Adina Young on December 20, 2018


This year on Giving Tuesday, the unspoken “kick-off” to many holiday giving campaigns, Child Care Aware® of Missouri, decided to do something a little different. They threw their hat in the ring with over 160 other organizations, for a $25,000 Wells Fargo grant that focused on community building—and were one of 10 chosen grantees!

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs

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Mobile Texting Success Stories: Kansas and Florida

By Adina Young on August 24, 2018

In a recent post, we talked about the benefits of mobile texting for CCR&Rs and child care providers. In this post, we’ll look at two case studies of successful mobile texting in action.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Health & Safety

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How CCR&Rs and Child Care Programs Can Effectively Communicate Using Mobile Texting

By Adina Young on August 15, 2018

In the beginning of the century, just 62 percent of Americans owned a cell phone. Fast forward to today and 95 percent own a cellphone and almost every owner is texting. Cell phone ownership and usage is nearly universal amongst all demographic groups with even those ages 65 and older beginning to find use in the devices.

We have hit the point where mass messages are more likely to be read immediately upon text message delivery versus when sent in traditional newsletters or emails. Studies indicate that anywhere between 95-98 percent of text messages are opened, as compared to 15% of emails.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Workforce, Family & Community Engagement

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How I Navigated Finding Child Care, What I Learned

By Adina Young on January 11, 2018

Military Child Care vs. Civilian Child Care

"We are moving to Germany,” my husband told me as he got his first official orders for the U.S. Army. I was so excited to be moving overseas I didn’t even think ahead to the fact that I may not be able to work. I was pregnant at the time with my first son and had just finished my master’s degree in public health. I was excited to get into the field, but now, with an overseas move, I had to think about if there were actually any jobs for me there. For the rest of my pregnancy, I kept an eye out for positions that popped up and tried to see if it fit with our new life in Germany. “Does this help my career while I am stationed here? Where would the baby go for child care? How long before I am able to put him in child care? Do I trust the care provider? How much would it even cost to put the baby in child care?”

Topics: Family Stories, Parenting

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The Top 5 Things CCR&Rs Should Do After a Disaster

By Adina Young on December 29, 2017


As the end of the year nears, CCAoA’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been reflecting on the disasters that struck in 2017. Top-of-mind, of course, are the hurricanes—Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Our team worked directly with CCR&Rs affected by the storms and the providers they serve. This is the last of three blogs on lessons learned and our team’s advice for CCR&Rs about the critical things they need to do before, during, and after a disaster.

Topics: Systems Building, Best Practices, Health & Safety

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