Anne Hedgepeth

Anne Hedgepeth
Anne Hedgepeth has over 12 years of experience as a government relations and grassroots advocacy strategist, motivating policy change at the local, state, and federal levels. She has authored advocate resources, state and federal policy briefs, and research driven policy recommendations. As Child Care Aware® of America’s Senior Director of Federal and State Government Affairs, she manages the organization’s public policy work, as well as supporting the advocacy and awareness efforts of CCR&Rs and advocates across the country.

Recent Posts

No Child Care Means No Recovery

By Anne Hedgepeth on June 05, 2020

 

In the wake of the coronavirus, child care is facing serious challenges. While the field has come together to ensure public health guidance is followed, that care is available for frontline personnel, and that additional reopening of the sector is approached appropriately, more is needed to ensure that child care programs, both center-based and family child care, survive in the long term.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, Best Practices

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The HEROES Act and What It Means for Child Care

By Anne Hedgepeth on May 14, 2020

Yesterday, the House of Representatives unveiled their version of the latest round of stimulus relief: The HEROES Act. 

While we are happy to see some movement on relief for the American people coming out of Washington, this bill falls woefully short of where we need to be to ensure the survival of our child care system.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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How to Advocate for Child Care from Home (in 5 Steps!)

By Anne Hedgepeth on May 07, 2020

An in-person meeting. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have in our toolbox as advocates. But what do we do when we can no longer sit down, face-to-face, and have a conversation with our representatives? 

Advocacy has never been more important, so we can’t just put one of our best tools away. We have to adapt to the circumstances to make sure we’re still having the biggest impact we can for ourselves and for working families who need access to safe and reliable child care.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Survey: Majority Support for Dedicated Child Care Funding

By Anne Hedgepeth on April 28, 2020

This week, Child Care Aware® of America and the Save the Children Action Network released the results of a nationwide survey that confirms for us what we’ve known since this crisis began:

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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Congress' COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 19, 2020
Updated March 27, 12:50 p.m.

With all the news and updates around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it can be difficult to grasp the proposals put forward by Congress. Below you will find a summary of each proposal passed or under consideration so far:  

Topics: Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Recommendations to Policymakers in Response to Coronavirus

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 16, 2020

Early childhood education programs are essential for the millions of children and families they serve and play an important role during emergency public health and economic emergencies. As schools close, families need back-up child care. As communities work to ensure no child goes hungry and essential personnel are able to handle emergencies, child care providers need resources and guidance to help assist families. And, as attendance fluctuates, child care business owners need reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills.  

Policymakers can act using these recommendations from Child Care Aware® of America to ensure that child care programs can weather this growing public health and economic crisis, and to ensure families continue to have access to the care they need.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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