What the American Rescue Plan Means for Child Poverty

By Casey Peeks on April 09, 2021

 

In the same way that the pandemic exacerbated the cracks in our child care system, COVID-19 also exacerbated the inequities that exist in our country and for children living in poverty. Data from the Children’s Defense Fund shows that children are the poorest age group in America, with nearly 1 in 6 children, about 11.9 million, living in poverty in 2018. Additionally, the youngest children tend to be the poorest and 73% of children living in poverty are children of color.

Topics: Systems Building, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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COVID-19: CCR&R Successes During Unprecedented Times

By Julie Looper Coats on April 07, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic inundated the child care system, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) received helpful funds from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support and provide relief to Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) member organizations across the country. In the summer and fall of 2020, CCAoA used the funds to provide CCR&Rs with resources to meet pressing needs within their communities.  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building, Professional Development, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Child Care Staff and the COVID-19 Vaccine

By Falen Petros on April 05, 2021

With millions of COVID-19 cases nationwide, child care providers have had to maneuver and innovate in extraordinary ways to address health and safety concerns while still experiencing reduced income or program closures. Imagine the day child care professionals can gather with staff to care for children and support families without the concern of contracting COVID-19. That day is coming, but only if we act now to stop the spread of COVID-19 so we may keep ourselves, our families, our communities and our country safe.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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6 Ways Child Care Providers Support Families Returning to Child Care

By Courtney Penn on April 01, 2021

COVID-19 has sent many of us on a winding road of change and unprecedented challenges. As we now have three vaccines for the virus and the number of cases is starting to go down, many communities are starting to open up and return to a more “Pre-COVID-19” life. For many families, this means children returning to child care after having been away from the setting for a year or even longer.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Parenting, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Federal Relief Funds: Policy Considerations for States in 2021

By Diane Girouard on March 24, 2021

Update: With news that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is now law, Child Care Aware of America is republishing this resource to support states as they consider spending child care relief funds. ARPA provides $39 billion in child care relief, of which $15 billion in additional funding is made available through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). These funds can be distributed like the December relief funds ($10 billion) and the CARES Act relief funds ($3.5 billion), including towards the proposed policies detailed in this resource. The remaining $24 billion under ARPA will be made available through a separate child care stabilization fund. 

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

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Spring Break 101 for 2021

By Kim Engelman on March 16, 2021

The temperature is rising, and spring is in the air! As we edge slowly out of winter and increasingly spend more time outside our homes, we cannot dismiss the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to hang on. We are more than a year into this pandemic, and our second Spring Break season since the pandemic started is upon us. In 2021, Spring Break feels different than in 2020, when COVID-19 community restrictions first started and fear began to rise. Now, COVID-19 infection rates are going down in many communities and vaccines are becoming available and being distributed, which gives us hope. We seem to be turning the pandemic corner and starting to win the battle against COVID-19. However, we still need to do our best to reduce the risk of increasing the spread.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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