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September is National Preparedness Month

By Julie Looper Coats on September 07, 2021

Each September, we commemorate National Preparedness Month to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. has announced that this annual event’s theme for 2021 is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Professional Development, Health & Safety, News

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Virtual Coaching: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic

By Anita E. Allison on August 31, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic forced rapid changes upon the field of early care and education and dictated a re-examination of how many of its traditional systems and services are offered. Professional development is one such system, particularly traditional one-on-one coaching models. For many years, the norm was face-to-face coaching support, but the pandemic required the field to face a new reality. How do we balance offering this much-needed aspect of professional development while protecting the health and safety of staff and children?  

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

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We Need Your Perspective! Join the CCAoA Board of Directors

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on August 27, 2021

Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to announce the call for nominations for its 2022 Board of Directors. 

With the nation’s attention now on the needs of the child care system, we have a “moment in a movement” to build a better, more equitable system – one that works for and supports children, families, child care providers and communities. You can contribute to this critical mission by nominating yourself or others to be considered for a Board seat with CCAoA. 

Topics: Workforce, Professional Development

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Case Study: What Does it Take to Rebrand a CCR&R?

By Douglas McAllister on August 26, 2021

In response to an evolving organizational structure and to changes in the child care field, Child Care Answers will launch a campaign in late August announcing its amicable split from Early Learning Indiana. As a part of this split, Child Care Answers undertook a rebranding initiative. Executive Director Mollie Smith explains how they went about it and what they learned from the process.

Topics: Professional Development, Best Practices

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Explore our Employer Benefits in the Child Care Career Center

By Falen Petros on August 05, 2021

Have you experienced difficulty recruiting experienced, qualified staff? You are not alone. Child care professionals across the country have expressed a need for talented candidates to fill open positions within child care centers, homes and Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs).  

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Workforce, Professional Development

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Marketing Toolbox Provides CCAoA Members with Practical Support

By Meg Biallas on July 22, 2021

TikTok? E-newsletters? Direct mail? Communications tools and tactics are always changing, but the core principles remain unchanged.  

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

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