Publications

 

Child Care Aware® of America's Publications for Parents

 

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care

 

  Parents and the High Cost of Child Care (2012)

    (A state by state review of the cost of child care)

 

Parents and the High Cost of Child Care is a report produced by Child Care Aware® of America every year that shows the cost of child care in every state for infants and preschool-age children in a child care center and also for infants and preschool-age children in a family child care home.  Where available, the cost of care in a child care center and family child care home for school-age children is also listed.  The report compares the cost of child care to average income, regular household expenses, and the cost of college. 

 

 

Leaving Children to Chance

 

 Leaving Children to Chance (2012)

   (Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes)

 

Leaving Children to Chance is a report produced by Child Care Aware® of America every other year that evaluates state policies for small family child care home licensing and oversight. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies. The report gives each state a score based on how well their policy stacks up against our recommendations.

As parents, you can use this report to look at your state's family child care home policies. These are the standards determined by the state that licensed family child care homes are required to meet. You can also see how your state compares to other states - just check out the state rankings.

 

Child Care State Fact Book

 

  Child Care in America: State Fact Sheet Book (2012)

  (All the facts we have related to child care by state)

 

Child Care in America: 2012 State Fact Sheets provides information to describe child care nationally and in individual states, including the need for and use of child care in the United States today and individual fact sheets about each state.  (You can also see these fact sheets by selecting your state from our map).

 


 

  We Can Do Better (2011)

 Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Child Care Centers

 

We Can Do Better is a report produced by Child Care Aware® of America every other year that evaluates state policies for child care center licensing and oversight. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies. The report gives each state a score based on how well their policy stacks up against our recommendations.

As parents, you can use this report to look at your state's child care center policies. These are the standards determined by the state that licensed child care centers are required to meet. You can also see how your state compares to other states- just check out the state rankings.

 

 

   State Budget Cuts: America's Children Pay the Price, 2011 Update

   (State budget cuts affecting programs that help families with children)

 

State Budget Cuts: America's Children Pay the Price shows that although the recession may be technically over, the weak economy continues to fuel state budget deficits. To bring budgets into balance, states have been cutting a wide array of programs, many of which affect the lives of children such as child care, education, and health care.

 

 

  Child Care in America: Parents' Perspectives

 

 

Child Care in America: Parents’ Perspectives shares the stories of parents’ experiences with child care across America. The common thread throughout these stories is that parents want their children to be safe in child care. And, they want quality child care that is affordable.

 

 

  The Economy’s Impact on Parents’ Choices and Perceptions about Child Care

 

 

Economy’s Impact on Parents’ Choices and Perceptions about Child Care presents information from a nationwide poll of parents with children under age 12 and their child care choices and perspectives in the current economy. The report revealed that quality and cost remain the most important factors.

 

Cap Connection

 

  Capitol Connection Guidebook 112th Congress: 2nd Session

  A Congressional Resource Manual

 

Capitol Connection Guidebook can help you understand the process of creating policies at the federal level. From "How a Bill Becomes a Law” to mastering the issues surrounding child care— this primer provides the tools you need to be an effective advocate and become involved in the legislative process on Capitol Hill.