4 Ways You Can Celebrate Child Care Providers

By Meg Biallas on April 19, 2023

“Provider Appreciation Day” sounds very official – but it doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s really just about saying “thank you” to America’s child care providers, many of whom are underpaid and overworked.  

A simple gesture can mean the world to the workforce that keeps the rest of the workforce going. Child Care Aware® of America makes it easy to say #ThankYouChildCare with our toolkit of resources in English and Spanish, and a few easy activities that can make a provider feel appreciated. 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, En español, Parenting, Capacity Building and Partnerships, pro, Provider Appreciation Day 2023

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Examining CCR&Rs Role in Planning and Developing EHS-CC Partnerships

By Anita E. Allison on October 29, 2021

One of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) most important roles is to collect and help make sense of important data on child care needs and trends in their communities. Families, child care providers and stakeholders want to know the price of child care in their area as they explore options for their children, their program or their community. Individuals or stakeholders hoping to start a child care business often reach out to their local CCR&R to determine what the geographical area or community needs are before they move forward in opening a child care business. As CCR&Rs keep current on local, state and federal grants and opportunities in the field of early childhood, they are often sought out for information on underserved populations and child care deserts. CCR&Rs use the data to inform decision-making regarding child care needs and support the community in their efforts to address issues and capitalize on opportunities.

Topics: Systems Building, Capacity Building and Partnerships

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Use Relationships to Support Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships

By Anita E. Allison on September 24, 2021

Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) have an extensive history of successfully partnering with outside organizations and businesses to respond effectively to the needs of the child care community. This history places CCR&Rs in a unique position to leverage these relationships to develop the capacity of their organizations to build, grow and assist in the implementation of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships (EHS-CCP) in their communities.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Capacity Building and Partnerships

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