What the American Rescue Plan Means for Child Poverty

By Casey Peeks on April 09, 2021

 

In the same way that the pandemic exacerbated the cracks in our child care system, COVID-19 also exacerbated the inequities that exist in our country and for children living in poverty. Data from the Children’s Defense Fund shows that children are the poorest age group in America, with nearly 1 in 6 children, about 11.9 million, living in poverty in 2018. Additionally, the youngest children tend to be the poorest and 73% of children living in poverty are children of color.

Topics: Systems Building, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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Federal Relief Funds: Policy Considerations for States in 2021

By Diane Girouard on March 24, 2021

Update: With news that the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is now law, Child Care Aware of America is republishing this resource to support states as they consider spending child care relief funds. ARPA provides $39 billion in child care relief, of which $15 billion in additional funding is made available through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). These funds can be distributed like the December relief funds ($10 billion) and the CARES Act relief funds ($3.5 billion), including towards the proposed policies detailed in this resource. The remaining $24 billion under ARPA will be made available through a separate child care stabilization fund. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Policy & Advocacy, News, Coronavirus

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Child Care Aware® of America Supports the Raise the Wage Act

By Casey Peeks on February 25, 2021

Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) recently joined over 300 local, state and national organizations in support of the Raise the Wage Act of 2021.

The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 would:

  • Incrementally raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 and
  • After 2025, adjust the minimum wage each year to keep with growth in the median wage.

Topics: Workforce, Professional Development, Policy & Advocacy, News

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Analysis Shows Child Care Supply & Attendance Better, but Still Suffering

By Kristina Haynie on February 22, 2021

In September 2020, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) released a report entitled Picking Up the Pieces: Building a Better Child Care System Post COVID-19. We compared child care supply data pre-COVID-19 (December 2019) to supply during COVID-19 (July 2020). Unsurprisingly, we found that the supply of licensed child care declined dramatically after the pandemic began. When compared to December 2019, 35% of child care centers remained closed, along with 21% of family child care (FCC) providers in July 2020. 

Topics: Workforce, Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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Go, Trevor Noah, Go!

By Laurie Rackas on February 05, 2021

On Wednesday, comedian and host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah devoted a portion of his nightly show to talk about – child care. He spent 10 minutes exploring the many flaws of our current child care system. But his most pointed criticism was aimed at the way child care in the U.S. is funded.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Policy & Advocacy, News

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What President Biden's American Rescue Plan Could Mean for Child Care

By Casey Peeks on January 27, 2021

Earlier this month, President Biden announced the details of his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, the American Rescue Plan. The proposal provides emergency relief to families and businesses during the economic crisis created by the coronavirus pandemic.

The plan includes executive actions the President quickly implemented after taking office. The Executive Order on Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide guidance for child care programs to safely reopen and operate. HHS will also provide guidance to assist child care programs in meeting the needs of children, families and staff affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on trauma-informed care, behavioral and mental health supports and family support.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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