Laurie Rackas

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Texas Child Care Provider Shares Experience During COVID-19

By Laurie Rackas on June 08, 2021

StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to record, preserve and share the stories of Americans from all backgrounds, and Child Care Aware® of America recently partnered on a project to interview child care providers. The providers were asked about their personal journey in the child care field and the impact of COVID-19 on their work and life. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Introducing: The Child Care and Interoperability Series

By Laurie Rackas on May 28, 2021

High-quality child care data are essential to informed decision-making. Accurate data are needed to answer questions such as: how many children are being served in programs nationwide? What areas are experiencing gaps in the supply of child care? Where should we target more resources and supports? Currently, a lot of child care data are collected by multiple sources in the nonprofit and state government arenas. But there is no consistency in how these entities gather and report data. Instead, the data are siloed and often inaccessible.  

Topics: Systems Building

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Interoperability: Why Child Care Data Systems Need to Talk

By Laurie Rackas on May 20, 2021

Do you remember when you created a document on your Apple computer and tried to share it with a colleague using the Microsoft platform? If you wanted feedback, forget it. The file was unreadable. You could jump through hoops to try to convert your document, but it took time and energy. Your productivity sank.

Topics: Systems Building

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Go, Trevor Noah, Go!

By Laurie Rackas on February 05, 2021

On Wednesday, comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah devoted a portion of his nightly show to talk about – child care. He spent 10 minutes exploring the many flaws of our current child care system. But his most pointed criticism was aimed at the way child care in the U.S. is funded.

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

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Child Care Aware® of America's Child Care Licensing Benchmark Project

By Laurie Rackas on November 19, 2020

We know that high-quality early learning environments fuel the success of children and have positive social, economic and health impacts that last into adulthood.[1]

States can strongly influence whether their child care systems are quality-driven or not, especially in the areas of health and safety. That’s because quality can be achieved, in part, through strong state licensing regulations.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building, Professional Development, Coronavirus

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The Critical Work of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies During COVID-19

By Laurie Rackas on July 01, 2020


Our child care system could not function without Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies. For more than 30 years they have helped families find quality child care and information on where to get help paying for care. They have also offered trainings and supports to providers to open and operate their businesses and to continually improve the quality of their care. In addition, CCR&Rs have gathered data on child care needs and trends  information that is helpful to families, providers and policy makers.  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Coronavirus

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