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Reflecting on the Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act, One Year Later

By Diane Girouard on March 11, 2022

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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State of the Union Recap: Biden’s Plan to Make Child Care Affordable for Families

By Christina Koch on March 03, 2022

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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Strengthening Family and Community Engagement through Brain Science

By Kandi Novak on February 25, 2022

Vroom®, a national program, helps families support children’s learning during everyday moments and routines with free, science-based tips and tools. Across the United States, Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies are reaching families with the science of early brain development and brain-building resources that get families excited about boosting their children’s learning.

CCR&Rs frequently express how simple it is to fold the brain-building resources into their existing programs and outreach to families, providers, and community partners. Further, CCR&Rs, who share Vroom with families, report improvement in their agency’s family and community engagement practices.

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) recently had an opportunity to hear Viki Palmer and Renesha Lee, Family Engagement Specialists at Community Child Care Solutions in New Jersey, share how their agency is empowering families with brain-building tips and tools. Community Child Care Solutions is a member of CCAoA’s Vroom Community of Practice.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement

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A Party You Don’t Want to Miss: 3 Ways to Celebrate Provider Appreciation Day

By Meg Biallas on February 14, 2022

Topics: Family & Community Engagement

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The Value of Shared Services

By Kristina Haynie on June 04, 2021

Family child care providers work hard to maintain their businesses. Aside from caring for children, they also must track billing and attendance, maintain the cleanliness of their facilities, market their businesses, find supplies, seek out professional development opportunities and much more. Providers – particularly in home-based settings – often perform these additional tasks outside of the normal hours of operation, sacrificing precious personal and family time.

Topics: Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development, Best Practices

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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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