April News & Resources on the 2020 Census

By Jacob Stewart on April 01, 2020


April 1 is National Census Day, and by now every home should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. So far, more than 30% of households across the country have responded, but there is still a long way to go to ensure a full and accurate count.  

Unfortunatelywith activities across the nation paused to respond to COVID-19, many experts are concerned that Census participation could be negatively affected. Now more than ever, the Census needs your help to ensure all young children are properly countedThe good news is, even during these difficult times, you can still easily participate in the Census, and urge others to do so as well.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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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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Recommendations to Policymakers in Response to Coronavirus

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 16, 2020

Early childhood education programs are essential for the millions of children and families they serve and play an important role during emergency public health and economic emergencies. As schools close, families need back-up child care. As communities work to ensure no child goes hungry and essential personnel are able to handle emergencies, child care providers need resources and guidance to help assist families. And, as attendance fluctuates, child care business owners need reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills.  

Policymakers can act using these recommendations from Child Care Aware® of America to ensure that child care programs can weather this growing public health and economic crisis, and to ensure families continue to have access to the care they need.

Topics: 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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Care About Child Care? 5 Reasons You Want to Be at the 2020 Symposium

By Laurie Rackas on March 06, 2020

It happens every other year. Child Care Aware® of America hosts a Symposium that brings together individuals from across the country to discuss the latest research, policy and practices related to the early child care and education community.  This year’s 4-day event offers participants opportunities to hear from and connect with thought leaders, Congressional staff and other early education professionals.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Systems Building, Professional Development, 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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