Laurie Rackas

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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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Health Resource Spotlight: Administering Medication

By Laurie Rackas on March 10, 2020

The Problem

Providers are sometimes required to give medication to young children. If medication is not safely administered, there can be health consequences for the child and liability risk for those who own, manage or are employed at a program.

Topics: Health & Safety

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Care About Child Care? 5 Reasons You Want to Be at the 2020 Symposium

By Laurie Rackas on March 06, 2020

It happens every other year. Child Care Aware® of America hosts a Symposium that brings together individuals from across the country to discuss the latest research, policy and practices related to the early child care and education community.  This year’s 4-day event offers participants opportunities to hear from and connect with thought leaders, Congressional staff and other early education professionals.

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

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Health Resource Spotlight: Child Development

By Laurie Rackas on February 11, 2020

The Problem

Providers play a critical role in helping identify children with developmental concerns – if they have the right knowledge and training.

Topics: Health & Safety

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