Innovation During Coronavirus: A Pop-up Early Learning Program

By Guest Blogger on April 10, 2020

When states ordered that K-12 schools close and colleges shuttered their campuses – steps taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 — technology stepped up. Students in communities across the country are continuing their learning virtually, in the relative safety and comfort of their homes.   

But what about our youngest learners? It’s just as important that toddlers and preschoolers keep learning, and that they maintain schedules and routines. With so many early care and education (ECE) programs temporarily (we hope) closing, it’s been difficult for both parents and their young children. There’s now an alternative for those families – a Pop-up Early Learning Program developed by an Atlanta-based school. 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development, Coronavirus

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At-Home Brain-Building Tips for Families with Children Ages Birth to Five

By Kandi Novak on April 02, 2020

COVID-19 has changed the day-to-day lives of many families with babies and young children. Some parents are seeking ideas for additional ways to interact with their children because they are now working from home or spending more time at home because of social distancing. On the other hand, some parents may have less time with their children because they are working on the front lines of the pandemic: health care professionals, emergency responders or other workers in essential businesses or services. For all families, everyday routines such as mealtime, playtime or bedtime – or even diaper changing – offer opportunities to connect with children and build their developing brains. Vroom®, a global early childhood initiative, offers free tips to parents on how to add learning to daily routines.

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

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Congress' COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 19, 2020
Updated March 27, 12:50 p.m.

With all the news and updates around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it can be difficult to grasp the proposals put forward by Congress. Below you will find a summary of each proposal passed or under consideration so far:  

Topics: Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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March News & Resources about the 2020 Census

By Jacob Stewart on March 11, 2020

It’s official: beginning March 12, households nationwide will begin receiving invitations to participate in the 2020 Decennial Census. With the count now underway in all 50 states, find out what you can do to help ensure children age 4 and under are properly counted in this month’s edition of our Census Series:  

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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February News & Resources about the 2020 Census

By Jacob Stewart on February 21, 2020

Even though the 2020 Census already began in some parts of the countrywe are one month away from  households nationwide receiving official Census Bureau invitations to participate. To help ensure that children age four and under are properly countedwe've compiled news updates from the month of February and the latest resources that will help you prepare: 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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FY21 White House Budget Proposal

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on February 11, 2020

In response to the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) Executive Director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement:

 “The President’s FY 2021 Budget falls well short of meeting families’ needs. The proposal lacks the robust, long-term investment the child care system needs to ensure our children thrive. In addition, the very same families who struggle to access child care, are hit hard by the proposed Budget’s plans to cut or weaken the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), and other critical safety net programs.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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