Parents are calling for safe, affordable, quality child care. Here's why...
Kim and Bryan Engelman (Kansas)In 2004, their daughter Lexie Engelman, a 13-month-old toddler, died from injuries received in a family child care home. Enacted in 2010, Lexie’s Law dramatically improved standards to ensure children were in safe and quality child care in Kansas. Read more about Lexie’s Law.
Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Major Issues for Reform:
The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG), which allocates funds to states for child care and sets the framework that guides states in enacting legislation, does not require background checks for child care providers even though most parents assume that background checks are required for licensed care.
Learn more about background check requirements for child care centers and family child care homes.
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Health and Safety
Health & Safety Related
Child Care Tragedies in the News
Federal law requires that states have policies in place to protect the health and safety of children in child care in only three areas:
Learn more about health and safety requirements for child care centers and family child care homes.
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Budget/ Access, Affordability
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Child care is expensive. In 36 states, the annual cost of child care for an infant in a center exceeds the cost of college. Most families, not just low income families, struggle to afford the cost of child care. Yet, only one out of every six children eligible for child care assistance receives it.
Hear from Parents on Budget and Access
Additional Child Care Related Issues:
Quality Infant and Toddler Care
Rural Child Care
Children and Disasters
Children and Nutrition