CCAoA Calls Federal Stimulus Support for Child Care a “Down Payment"

By David Carrier on March 27, 2020

Child Care Aware® of America Calls Federal Stimulus Support for Child Care a “Down Payment” and Urges More Funding to Serve Essential Workers   

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2020 — Child Care Aware® of America released the following statement in response to the latest federal stimulus package:  

Congress has begun to acknowledge the essential role that child care plays during this public health emergency. This down payment of $3.5 billion, if distributed quickly, will provide much-needed help to the child care system in the short term. In particular, we know that this support can make a difference for the Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies across the country that are working overtime to support the families of emergency and essential workers, the child care providers who are dealing with decisions to close or stay open, and the rapidly adapting system

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CCAoA Joins National Interoperability Collaborative

By Matthew Henry on March 09, 2020

Child Care Aware
® of America (CCAoA) is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the National Interoperability Collaborative (NIC), unique “community of networks” that sees a nation where everyoneespecially vulnerable and underserved populations  enjoys a better life. NIC’s mission is to improve systems and increase collaboration among the sectors that enhance health, safety and well-being by advancing information-sharing, interoperability, and the use of technology.   

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CCAoA's Statement on FY2020 Appropriations and Early Childhood Funding

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on December 20, 2019

Congress and the White House have officially approved federal funding for the remainder of FY2020, reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides more than $1 billion in increased funding for federal early childhood programs, including:

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, News

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Giving Thanks for Child Care Professionals, Advocates and Policy Wins

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on November 27, 2019

As Thanksgiving nears, we've been reflecting on the things that we're grateful for this season. First and foremost, we're thankful for the child care professionals who are taking care of our nation's 12.5 million children under age 6 who are in child care. These providers work long hours, for often unlivable wages, to provide safe, high-quality care for our youngest family members. We are so thankful for the time and love they give to the children in their care. 

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Bug Busting in Early Care and Education Settings

By Laurie Rackas on October 30, 2019

This is a free online course from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on managing infectious diseases in group care settings. The course is approved for 1.0 contact hours of training credit.  As described by AAP, the topic is important because millions of children attend early care and education settings every day. During the first 2 years of attendance, children enrolled in group settings experience a higher incidence of illnesses. When children are sick and excluded from an early care setting, it causes significant public health and economic impact. It is essential for child care settings to provide healthy and safe environments to ensure appropriate child development and learning.  

Topics: Best Practices, Health & Safety, News

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The 4 Steps of Finding a Child Care Provider

By Rae Pickett on September 06, 2019

Finding the right child care provider for your family is a personal choice, and not one that can be outsourced very easily. Child Care Aware® of America Executive Director Lynette Fraga, PhD, spoke with Scott MacFarlane of NBC Washington about some specific questions parents can ask, ways to assess your unique family needs and how to understand and develop an ongoing relationship with your child care provider. Watch the clip below.

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