Parents know that the person who cares for their child many hours a week makes a difference in their child’s life and well-being. Both common sense and research tell us that children’s brains are growing most quickly during their first years of life, and that their experiences during these critical early years lay the foundation for the rest of their lives. As a result, child care affects the way that children think, learn and behave.
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Child Care Aware® of America Reports
Nearly 11 million children younger than age 5 spend an average of 35 hours a week in some type of child care setting. State child care licensing requirements govern the health, safety and learning opportunities for these children. State oversight requirements monitor compliance with state policies.
This is NACCRRA’s third report ranking state family child care home standards and oversight affecting young children. NACCRRA reviewed state standards and oversight and then scored and ranked the states. The average score was a 69, which equates to 46 percent -- a failing grade in any classroom in America.
Child Care: Like the Military, Is It Time for Shared Responsibility? reviews the evolution of child care in the United States and compares child care policies implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).
This 2009 report compares state licensing regulations for center-based child care and early learning programs with standards for state-funded prekindergarten initiatives. As a basis for comparison, it uses the quality standards checklist developed by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER). The comparison also includes information about Head Start program standards and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) regulations for military child care.
This 2008 report examines the findings from NACCRRA's partnerships with the military. Since 2004, NACCRRA has conducted five major initiatives designed to help military families meet their child care needs. These initiatives provided NACCRRA with the opportunity to test whether the quality of civilian care can be improved by applying some of the strategies used to improve military child care.