Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.
Since 1987, Child Care Aware of America has been working to improve the system of early learning for children by:
A nation that supports the development and learning of all children.
To promote national policies and partnerships to advance the development and learning of all children and to provide vision, leadership and support to community Child Care Resource and Referral.
Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) meet a need no one else does by providing the bridge between parents, providers, community leaders, and policymakers. By offering a unique blend of direct services and planning expertise, CCR&Rs help families and communities ensure that their children arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed. There are more than 600 CCR&Rs across the country.
CCR&Rs take the guesswork out of finding and paying for child care.
CCR&Rs increase the supply of quality child care.
CCR&Rs help create child care solutions for communities.
State Networks work with their local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) partners to help families, child care providers, and communities find and offer affordable, quality child care. There are thirty-eight states have State CCR&R Networks.
State Networks help to ensure quality and accountable of CCR&R services by providing best practices and standards, training and technical assistance, and monitoring and evaluation services. They also document child care needs, trends and impacts by analyzing local CCR&R data and reports. State Networks help impveo access to quality child care options by offering statewide child care search websites and toll-free lines to families, training, scholarships and wage supplements for child care providers, and taking on quality improvement and supply building projects when possible.
State Networks are also key partners with business, economic, government and policy leaders in their community. Through these partnerships State Networks are able to: