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Support Military-Connected Families During Blue Star Welcome Week

By Douglas McAllister on September 14, 2021


Every year, 600,000 military-connected families and children move around the country. The average military family moves three times as often as their civilian peers, and the majority of these “permanent change of station” (PCS) moves take place during the summer. But only 27% of military families reported feeling a sense of belonging to their local civilian community, according to the 2020 Military Family Lifestyle Survey.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Best Practices

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Virtual Coaching: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

By Anita E. Allison on August 31, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic forced rapid changes upon the field of early care and education and dictated a re-examination of how many of its traditional systems and services are offered. Professional development is one such system, particularly traditional one-on-one coaching models. For many years, the norm was face-to-face coaching support, but the pandemic required the field to face a new reality. How do we balance offering this much-needed aspect of professional development while protecting the health and safety of staff and children?  

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

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Federal Relief Funds: State Progress, Summer 2021

By Diane Girouard on August 26, 2021

Since the CARES Act was enacted in April 2020, two additional federal relief packages have been passed by Congress that include significant increases in emergency funding for child care: the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan (ARP) ActThese funds began to flow to states during the spring with the intention to get funds out the door and provide relief to providers and families as quickly as possible. While we are still a year away from the first deadlines for states to obligate some funds, it’s important for advocates to monitor state progress to ensure funds are distributed efficiently and equitably. So far, state progress has varied greatly. 

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Best Practices, News, Coronavirus

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Case Study: What Does it Take to Rebrand a CCR&R?

By Douglas McAllister on August 26, 2021

In response to an evolving organizational structure and to changes in the child care field, Child Care Answers will launch a campaign in late August announcing its amicable split from Early Learning Indiana. As a part of this split, Child Care Answers undertook a rebranding initiative. Executive Director Mollie Smith explains how they went about it and what they learned from the process.

Topics: Professional Development, Best Practices

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StoryCorps Interview: Navigating Child Care Before and During COVID-19

By Douglas McAllister on August 13, 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 (CCAoA) 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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Marketing Toolbox Provides CCAoA Members with Practical Support

By Meg Biallas on July 22, 2021

TikTok? E-newsletters? Direct mail? Communications tools and tactics are always changing, but the core principles remain unchanged.  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Best Practices

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