Child Care Aware® of America's Child Care Licensing Benchmark Project

By Laurie Rackas on November 19, 2020

We know that high-quality early learning environments fuel the success of children and have positive social, economic and health impacts that last into adulthood.[1]

States can strongly influence whether their child care systems are quality-driven or not, especially in the areas of health and safety. That’s because quality can be achieved, in part, through strong state licensing regulations.

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

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Innovative Strategies for Partnering with Families to Boost Children’s Learning

By Kandi Novak on November 04, 2020

Without a doubt, families are an essential part of children’s learning and educational journey - starting at birth. “Engaging families as partners early in the educational journey allows parents to establish strong home-school connections that support their children’s achievement long-term “(Start Early, September 25, 2019). So, it is not surprising that “family engagement” is a frequent and important theme of discussions and planning in child care programs.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development, Parenting, Brain Building Tips

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National Preparedness Month

By Julie Looper Coats on September 04, 2020

It’s September! And as you may know, each September is recognized as National Preparedness MonthPreparedness Month promotes family and community disaster planning now, during the month, and throughout the year. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Best Practices, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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COVID-19 Quick Response Grant Winners

By Holly Nett on July 29, 2020

 


Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to award 11 Child Care Resource & Referral member agencies 
COVID-19 Quick Response Grants.  The grants were made possible through generous financial support from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) Funds received from CDP will allow CCAoA to rapidly support CCR&Rs by offering subgrants for the purchase of supplies or enhanced services supports for childcare providers in areas of the U.S. in need and to provide direct aid to those geographic areas entering phased recovery. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development

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Innovation During Coronavirus: A Pop-up Early Learning Program

By Guest Blogger on April 10, 2020

When states ordered that K-12 schools close and colleges shuttered their campuses – steps taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 — technology stepped up. Students in communities across the country are continuing their learning virtually, in the relative safety and comfort of their homes.   

But what about our youngest learners? It’s just as important that toddlers and preschoolers keep learning, and that they maintain schedules and routines. With so many early care and education (ECE) programs temporarily (we hope) closing, it’s been difficult for both parents and their young children. There’s now an alternative for those families – a Pop-up Early Learning Program developed by an Atlanta-based school. 

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Professional Development, Coronavirus

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Research Round Up: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 

By Jessica Rose-Malm on March 12, 2020

Long-term Head Start Impact on developmental outcomes for children in foster care 

Lee, K.  Child Abuse Neglect (March 2020). 

Background: In 2016, about 437,000 children were in the foster system in the United States. Children in the foster care system are at higher risk for experiencing poverty, abuse, chronic diseases and developmental impairments. Children in foster care are also at greater risk for struggling academically due to instability in their living situations and inconsistent school attendance. These risk factors affect not only health outcomes but social-emotional and cognitive outcomes as well. Children in foster care are eligible to participate in the Head Start program, which pairs high-quality early care and education with family supports and access to specialized services. This study looks at whether participating in Head Start improves developmental outcomes for children involved with the foster care system.

Topics: Workforce, Professional Development

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