How to Amplify Your Advocacy Efforts using 2021 State Fact Sheets

By Nate Goodman on June 24, 2021

Child Care Aware® of America’s 2021 State Fact Sheets are now available. These fact sheets are updated annually in order to provide the most current, in-depth data and statistics about child care in U.S. states and territories. This year’s release covers 2020 and while not all states submitted their data by the deadline, that information will be updated once it is received and verified.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Administration Prioritizes Child Care in Proposals

By Anne Hedgepeth on June 23, 2021

The past year showed just how essential child care is to the country and its economy. As the world reopens and parents return to work, policymakers are realizing that it is not sufficient to restore the child care sector to where it was prior to the pandemic.  

We have long known that despite the considerable investments that have been made for pandemic-related relief, the solution for an equitable and sustainable child care system lies in long-term, robust investment. Advocacy efforts over the past year made it clear that immediate relief was desperately needed. But we also need to keep in mind that the child care sector was broken long before COVID-19. What it requires is long-term investment to build a system that meets the needs of children, families and providers.  

Federal policymakers are stepping forward to champion child care. They are proposing big, long-term investments and identifying solutions that will transform the child care system.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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All about the new Child Care Career Center

By Meghan Cornwell on June 22, 2021

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) is excited to announce a new tool to strengthen the child care system workforce — the Child Care Career Center. The Child Care Career Center connects employers to professionals in all parts of the child care system and career stages. We proud that our job board houses job postings in every aspect of the child care system. 

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

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CCAoA Certified as a Great Place to Work

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on June 17, 2021

Most people will spend about a third of their lives at work. With that much time dedicated to a particular place and group of people, a work environment that is positive, motivated, fun and inspires employees to take joy in their work can yield huge benefits and overall success for both employees and the business. 

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Child Care Payments: Attendance Vs. Enrollments

By Co-Author on June 16, 2021


The child care field is experiencing a historic moment. After years of being chronically underfunded, the child care sector has received over $50 billion in dedicated funding from the federal government, thanks to the passage of three COVID-19 relief packages. It is the largest public investment in child care in our nation’s history and gives states a crucial opportunity to implement policies that will have long-lasting impacts to stabilize and transform the industry.  With the recent receipt of significant federal dollars, states are searching for effective and sustainable uses for these funds that have the power to transform the future of child care. The good news is that there are already success stories from policies implemented in the last year that states can learn from and replicate.

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

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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—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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