Child Care Aware® of America Statement on the White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave: Supporting America’s Working Families

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on December 12, 2019

In response to today’s White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) Executive Director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement:

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Research Round Up: Infectious Disease

By Jessica Rose-Malm on December 11, 2019

Association of Seasonal Severity and Vaccine Effectiveness with Influenza Vaccination Rates in Children

Abraham, C., Chen, Q., Fan, W., Stockwell, M. Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics (November 2019).

Background: Childhood vaccination rates for the flu tend to be much lower than vaccination rates for other diseases. The percentage of children receiving the flu vaccine has dropped in recent years, despite efforts by doctors and the public health field to encourage parents to vaccinate their children. This study looks at the relationship between flu severity, flu vaccine effectiveness and parents’ decisions about whether to vaccinate their children. 

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Child Care Aware® of America Speaks Out Against Deregulation; in Support of Investments

By Jacob Stewart on December 10, 2019

Child Care Aware® of America has responded to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the Department of Health and Human Services and their notice for a request for information (RFI) on “Improving Access to Affordable, High Quality Child Care.” 

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Health Resource Spotlight: Caring for Children with Special Needs & Good Oral Health in Child Care

By Laurie Rackas on December 10, 2019

 

Caring for Children with Special Needs

The Problem

Some providers may be – for the first time – serving a child who has a disability or special needs. They likely will have to modify their setting in small ways to create an inclusive environment. Where do they begin? 

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Research Round Up: Nutrition

By Jessica Rose-Malm on December 09, 2019

Association of WIC Participation and Growth and Developmental Outcomes in High-Risk Infants 

Lakshmanan, A., Song, A., Flores-Fenlon, N., Parti, U., Vanderbilt, D., Friedlich, P., Williams, R., Kipke, M. Clinical Pediatrics (October 2019). 

Background: Nutrition is critical for healthy brain development in infants and toddlers, particularly those who are born prematurely. Federal food programs like Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have been shown to help infants from low-income families get more vitamins and important nutrients that they need. This study looked at whether participating in public food assistance programs like WIC leads to better development in premature infants discharged from neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). 

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Giving Thanks for Child Care Professionals, Advocates and Policy Wins

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on November 27, 2019

As Thanksgiving nears, we've been reflecting on the things that we're grateful for this season. First and foremost, we're thankful for the child care professionals who are taking care of our nation's 12.5 million children under age 6 who are in child care. These providers work long hours, for often unlivable wages, to provide safe, high-quality care for our youngest family members. We are so thankful for the time and love they give to the children in their care. 

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