COVID-19: CCR&R Successes During Unprecedented Times

By Julie Looper Coats on April 07, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic inundated the child care system, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) received helpful funds from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support and provide relief to Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) member organizations across the country. In the summer and fall of 2020, CCAoA used the funds to provide CCR&Rs with resources to meet pressing needs within their communities.  

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

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Introducing: The Child Care Emergency Planning Video Series

By Jillian Ritter on March 01, 2021

Ensuring children’s health and safety in child care is the top concern for any child care program, and child care emergency preparedness is vital to meeting this need. One way providers can strengthen safety practices in a child care program is to have a written emergency plan. 

 

Child care providers run an evacuation drill with infants in 2019.

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

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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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CCAoA CEO Launches New Podcast on Leadership, Equity and Innovation

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on February 08, 2021

Too often, decisions are made by a limited set of people in power. And far too often, those decisions fail to include and consider the people who are most affected by those decisions.  

We’re living in a moment that demands bold leadership. And it requires that we embrace the strengths and opportunities of diverse voices to solve today's problems.

That's why I am launching a limited podcast series this year. It’s called A Seat at the Table: Conversations on Leadership, Equity and Innovation. 

Topics: Professional Development, News

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Bringing Business to the Table for Early Childhood Education in Nebraska

By Guest Blogger on December 23, 2020

Takeaways:

  • First Five Nebraska is sparking the early childhood conversation among business leaders through research, policy change and strategic engagement.
  • First Five Nebraska’s study, “The Bottom Line,” shows gaps in child care costs Nebraska nearly $1.4 billion annually in lost family income, business productivity and state revenues.

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

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Business Continuity Planning for Child Care

By Jillian Ritter on December 01, 2020

Business Continuity 

Business continuity, sometimes referred to as continuity of operations planning (COOP), involves being able to resume normal operations after a disruptive incident, such as an emergency or natural disaster.  

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

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