StoryCorps Interview: Founders of a Bilingual Child Care Center

By Laurie Rackas on July 09, 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 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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Congressional Child Care Champions Release Bold Legislative Proposals

By Casey Peeks on June 25, 2021

The past year showed just how essential child care is to the country and our 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.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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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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Texas Child Care Provider Shares Experience During COVID-19

By Laurie Rackas on June 08, 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 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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Stabilization Grant Guidance FAQs

By Diane Girouard on June 02, 2021

The Office of Child Care (OCC) has released guidance on the $24 billion Child Care Stabilization grants made available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The purpose of the guidance is to help states quickly distribute the stabilizations funds to protect and support the existing child care market. As the guidance emphasizes, this funding represents an important opportunity for states to stabilize and rebuild a stronger child care system that meets the diverse needs of all children and families, and of the child care workforce.  

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

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CCR&Rs Can Provide Essential Support As Summer Programs Reopen

By Jennifer Drake on May 13, 2021

When matched with children’s interests, summer camps with safe, healthy environments and practices can be fun places for children to learn and grow. Whether they’re day camps or sleepaways, summer camps can support children’s learning and development. Camps can also serve as safe places for children to be while their parents are at work.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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