Washington, D.C. November 19, 2014 – Today, flanked by Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, President Obama put pen to paper and signed S.1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, into law. After 18 years without any Congressional action, the Child Care and Development Block Grant has finally been reauthorized and revised to include basic provisions to improve the quality of child care nationwide.
The annual Parents and the High Cost of Child Care Report for 2014 will be released on December 4, 2014. Usually released in early November, this year’s movement in Congress on the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) has pushed the release date back one month. The reauthorization of CCDBG has been Child Care Aware of America’s top legislative priority for nearly two decades, and is scheduled for final consideration in the Senate on November 13.
Efuru Lynch of California is a working mother and a parent advocate for affordable, accessible child care. She is a strong proponet for child care policies that met the diverse needs of middle- and low-income families and satisfy children's need for a stable, nurturing provider.
Families will meet with policymakers in Washington D.C. to voice concerns and advocate for improved child care options during Child Care Aware® of America’s first-ever Family Advocacy Summit.
ARLINGTON, VA - The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps to launch a new program that will provide respite care to Marine Corps families with children with special needs. NACCRRA Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Care (EFMP Respite Care) will initially launch in San Diego, California, and will serve Marine Corps families in the Greater San Diego area. Additional NACCRRA EFMP Respite Care launches will take place throughout the United States after the New Year.
ARLINGTON, VA - An anonymous donor from the metro-DC area recently granted the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) a challenge: The donor will match each dollar, up to $100,000, donated to NACCRRA. This donation will enable NACCRRA to expand its programs to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care.
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has released Breaking the Piggy Bank: Parents and the High Price of Child Care, an extensive nationwide survey of child care prices. The report finds that parents across the United States are struggling to meet the high cost of child care. Many families face a Catch-22. They need to work to support their families. They rely on child care to go to work.