Child Care and US: How Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Can Help

By Guest Blogger on November 05, 2018

As a single parent, Sheena struggled to find high-quality, affordable child care. She found a child care resource and referral agency that helped her find the balance of affordability and quality.

Topics: Systems Building, Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories, Parenting

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Public Investments in Early Care and Education Could Help End Poverty

By Guest Blogger on August 30, 2018

Achievement gaps start early for children in families with low incomes. Access to high-quality early care and education programs help young children develop social and emotional, language, and academic skills needed to succeed. In this blog, you will hear from Ashley, a family advocate who uses her personal experience to make the case for why it's important for states and communities to invest in early care and learning programs as one strategy for ensuring the next generation has the skills they need to overcome poverty.  

Topics: Systems Building, Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories

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VIDEO: Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Are Here For You

By April Dodge-Ostendorf on July 30, 2018

The end of summer is a busy time for families seeking child care. This video describes what families and child care resource and referral (CCR&R) professionals, from around the nation, have to say about child care assistance available in your community.

Topics: Family Stories

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Why do parents spend so much on child care, yet early childhood educators earn so little?

By Jessica Tercha on July 11, 2018

For more than 10 years, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) has reported on the unaffordability of child care for parents in states across the country. We’ve been expanding that reporting by diving deeper into county-level costs and exploring national, state-and community-level financing solutions to provide working families with some relief. Even as we’ve kept discussions on the unaffordability of child care going strong, we are often asked, “If parents are paying too much of their household budgets on child care, why are child care providers still struggling to make ends meet?” It’s a good question – one that I’ve had since I started CCAoA!

Topics: Systems Building, Workforce, Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories

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Prevent to Protect: The Most Common Unheard of Viral Cause of Birth Defect

By Guest Blogger on June 28, 2018

It’s National Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Awareness Month, however, most women have never heard of CMV (less than 9 percent).

Topics: Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Family Stories, Parenting

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VIDEO: The Importance of Finding a Child Care Center You Trust

By Guest Blogger on May 11, 2018

Sosha unfortunately had to bounce around from child care to child care due to lack of affordability. But in 2012 - she found the child care center of her dreams!

Topics: Family Stories

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