Arlington, VA -- Child Care Aware® of America praised The Star Tribune for the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series of investigative stories on infant deaths in Minnesota’s child care programs, which led to enhanced state-level legislation on child care policy.
“The foundation for healthy development and early learning takes root in child care settings for 11 million children under age 5. That’s why it is critical for our country to address the challenges exposed by the Tribune, as well as solutions that will ensure child safety and healthy development.” said Lynette Fraga, Ph.D., executive director of Child Care Aware® of America.
“Child Care Aware® of America’s April report, ‘We Can Do Better: 2013 Update,’ outlines solutions that promote child safety and quality care, which studies show can make a life-long difference for children’s early learning.” Fraga said.
“We Can Do Better: 2013 Update,” is the fourth in a series of reports beginning in 2007 that scores and ranks the states, including the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense, on 11 program requirements and four oversight benchmarks for child care centers. This year, using a standard grading scale, no state earned an A. The Department of Defense earned a B, and the remaining top 10 states earned a C. Twenty-one states earned a D and the remaining states failed. Read the full report.
The importance of early education and child care gained attention in February, when President Obama called for “high-quality preschool” for every 4-year-old child in America in his State of the Union address. The president also called for Congress to adopt a comprehensive early learning agenda for America’s children from birth. Read more about the President’s plan.
Fraga will share early learning and child care best practices at the 40th annual National Head Start Association May 1 and will be available to speak to the press.
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Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every community 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 groundbreaking research and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring quality child care for all families, visit www.usa.childcareaware.org.