Diane Girouard

Diane Girouard
Diane is currently the State Policy Analyst at Child Care Aware. Prior to this role, Diane was a policy analyst focused on child nutrition with the Food Research & Action Center. Diane also worked as a policy analyst for several years under both houses of the New York State Legislature on the education and higher education committees.

Recent Posts

Federal Relief Funds: Policy Considerations for States in 2021

By Diane Girouard on February 09, 2021

On February 3, 2021, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced that the next round of federal relief funds for child care, in the amount of nearly $10 billionhas been officially awarded to states. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Policy & Advocacy, News, Coronavirus

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A Look Back at Child Care in the 2020 Election

By Diane Girouard on January 06, 2021


The 2020 election cycle set a record for voter turnout. Preliminary estimates show that more Americans— about two-thirds of eligible voters— voted in 2020 than in any other election in U.S. history. And in every single community, child care was on the ballot in the positions of the officials elected. In addition, in some communities child care, early learning or support for children and families were directly on the ballot, and in many of these cases, there was robust support. 

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Best Practices, News

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Review of State Policies: COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Plans

By Diane Girouard on January 04, 2021

Editor's Note: This blog post was originally published December 18, 2020 but has since been updated with updated information. For the most up-to-date information about states' vaccine plans, please visit this page

On December 11, 2020, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for one of several COVID-19 vaccines under development. Prior to this authorization, the federal government and state health departments have been planning for vaccine distribution, with prioritization based on the individual risk for COVID-19 exposure. While the federal government has provided guidance on prioritization in distribution, each state is tasked with making its own distribution plan for the state population. Child Care Aware® of America (CCA0A) is reviewing each state’s plan to understand how they are prioritizing child care providers to receive the vaccine and to ensure providers are treated equitably as a first step in ensuring access. As plans continue to evolve, we will update this blog and monitor other factors that may impact access. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety

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Review of State Policies: Child Care and School Opening Plans

By Diane Girouard on October 01, 2020

Child care has always been a through line for communities, supporting children and families in a myriad of ways, but its essential role has been underscored throughout the pandemic. While schools and businesses shut down in the spring of 2020, child care remained open in some capacity in most states so essential personnel could continue to work to keep communities running. The child care sector now faces the uncertainty of an unprecedented school year and the challenges that come along with a new demand for care for school-age children as remote learning becomes the new norm. Child care cannot meet these demands on its own. The system needs sufficient policy solutions. 

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Best Practices, Coronavirus

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4 Steps You Can Take Today to Advocate for Child Care Funding

By Diane Girouard on July 20, 2020


As parents and caregivers navigate a return to the workforce and the start of a new school year, child care is a critical support to reopening the economy and providing stability to families. It has become abundantly clear that no industry will be able to restart if the child care sector is allowed to collapse. We need to ensure that all child care providers can open as soon as it is safe to do so – so that families are able to get back to work as soon as they’re able. To make that happen, Congress must provide at least $50 billion in dedicated child care funding in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To make this a reality, advocacy has never been more important. Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA)has compiled a comprehensive toolkit to make it easy to have an effective conversation with your Members of Congress from the comfort and safety of your own home. The following steps will guide your through these resources.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Reviewing State Policies: Child Care Ratios and Class Sizes

By Diane Girouard on July 02, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to highlight the vital role child care plays for millions of children and families, especially for those who work on the front lines of the crisis. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is also underscoring the precariousness of high-quality, affordable and accessible child care – the result of years of underinvestment in the system. 

State policies play an important role in exacerbating or mitigating these factors. 

Topics: Coronavirus

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