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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Employer Child Care Assistance Now and Looking Ahead

By Guest Blogger on December 22, 2020

Child care is not only crucial for the development of young children, but also essential for the millions of working parents with young children. Parents rely on child care to help them enter, re-enter or remain in the workforce, but access to affordable, quality child care is often a significant barrier for many. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, families are experiencing additional challenges in finding, maintaining and affording child care that meets their needs.

Topics: Systems Building, Workforce, Parenting

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A Better Way to Care for Young Children and Older Adults

By CCAoA on October 06, 2020

 

By Donna Butts and Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.  
 
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the essential role of caregivers, those who care for us when we are young and old, and given us an opportunity to reimagine care from a lifespan perspective. This will be particularly important after the pandemic permanently closes an estimated 30-50% of child care providers nationwide and the high death toll causes us to reimagine elder care homes. 

Topics: Systems Building, Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Parenting

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Parents & Employers Pay the Price: COVID-19 Erodes Child Care Systems

By Kim Engelman on August 18, 2020

The COVID-19 public health crisis is heightening awareness of child care as a core foundational need for both working parents and employers. Under typical circumstances, parents need accessible, safe and affordable child care so they can work. Employers also need quality child care options for their employees for their business to work. This year (2020) has been anything but typical. The COVID-19-induced erosion of an already broken child care system is having critical impacts on both parents with young children and their employers.

Topics: Systems Building, Workforce, Parenting, Coronavirus

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National Provider Appreciation Day®: How to Celebrate Providers in Unprecedented Times

By Kandi Novak on April 22, 2020

Together, let’s celebrate child care providers on National Provider Appreciation Day® — Friday, May 8, 2020. Whether you are part of a Child Care Resource and Referral agency (CCR&R), a business, a non-profit organization or a family who has relied on a child care provider, you recognize the important role providers have in caring for our nation’s children. They nurture and educate our youngest citizens while supporting parents who want or need to be part of our nation’s workforce.

Honoring child care providers will take on a more profound meaning for many this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Child care programs have been faced with many challenges: making difficult decisions about whether to close their doors or remain open to provide emergency care for essential workers, dealing with financial uncertainty, keeping informed on rapidly changing protocols, navigating financial relief programs and much more. Despite the challenges, child care providers continue to take steps to do what is best for children and families. Providers are among this country’s unsung heroes. 

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Brain Building Tips

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