April Dodge-Ostendorf

April Dodge-Ostendorf
April Dodge-Ostendorf, MSW, is Director of Strategic Initiatives at Child Care Aware® of America. She has over 15 years of professional experience advancing social service systems for children and families at local, state and national levels. April’s current work includes building cross-organizational knowledge and capacity for effective partnership engagement, fund development, and strategic planning.

Recent Posts

How to Use AmazonSmile to Support CCAoA [2021]

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on June 15, 2021

This year, Amazon Prime Day is June 21-22. Before you take advantage of the sales, be sure to set Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) as your preferred charity in AmazonSmile.

 

What is AmazonSmile?

Amazon makes a donation to nonprofits like Child Care Aware® of America every time shoppers purchase from AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon.com—same products, same prices, same service. AND you get to help our cause at no cost to you! When shoppers use the AmazonSmile link to shop from, Amazon then donates 0.5% of eligible products' prices to the organization of your choice.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, News

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Family Voices: Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and Response

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on August 19, 2019
Child Care Aware® of America stands alongside families, providers, and the public in our shared commitment to the safety and well-being of children in child care. In 2016, an estimated 676,000 children in the United States were victims of neglect or abuse. A fraction of that total (2,104) involved a child care provider. That’s unacceptable and a legitimate cause for concern among families and the general public. In the story below, Amber shares just one story of how her family impacted by one of these cases.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories

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Family Voices: Harper's Story - Tragedy  Outside a Provider's Home

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on August 08, 2019

Harper was a typical toddler full of love, laughs and life, when a tragic event happened outside the home of her family child care provider in the summer of 2016. In the video below, Harper’s mother, Whitney, shares her story and what she hopes parents and providers will do to keep children safe. 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories

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Family Voices: Reflections from a Child Care Advocate, Sosha Chaney

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on August 01, 2019

Child Care Aware® of America had the opportunity to sit down with Sosha Chaney, a vocal child care advocate, as she shared her journey. Sosha is especially passionate about improving:

  • Access to reliable, education-based child care for families working non-traditional hours
  • Affordable, high-quality child care options
  • Funding and support for early childhood programs

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories

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Family Voices: Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Are Here For You

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on July 18, 2019

The end of summer is a busy time for families seeking child care. Prepare yourself by watching  this video describing what families and child care resource and referral (CCR&R) professionals, from around the nation, have to say about child care assistance available in your community.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories

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Digital Content for Your Summer Outreach!

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on July 15, 2019

Children’s learning never takes a vacation.  Just in time for summer, Child Care Aware® of America’s SMART Suite has been refreshed with new digital content that CCR&Rs can easily share with families and early care and education providers.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Brain Building Tips

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