WASHINGTON, DC - In the majority of states in the nation, adults can begin working in child care programs with absolutely no previous training or experience in early childhood education. Today, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) announced a 12-point plan to create a national community-based training system for child care workers. The first point is to require minimum pre-service training for all paid providers caring for unrelated children on a regular basis.
WASHINGTON, DC - The importance of Is This the Right Place for My Child?, a new publication released by the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) to help parents identify high-quality child care, has been underscored by new research.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) released Is Child Care Ready?: A Disaster Planning Guide for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, which will be used to train child care providers on how to prepare for and recover from disasters. NACCRRA has also published a brochure to help parents ensure that their child care program is prepared for emergencies. The distribution of these publications is the initial step in the first-ever nationwide effort to prepare child care programs for catastrophes.
WASHINGTON, DC - A new nationwide poll released today reveals that, more than any other aspect of child care, parents are concerned about its quality. More than half of the parents surveyed ranked quality as their greatest concern. Cost ranked second. While parents, naturally, first associate quality with loving and nurturing caregivers, many consider specialized training of caregivers a leading indicator of quality 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.
Washington, DC – Yesterday on the Dr. Phil show, America saw examples of how devastating bad quality child care can be for some children and their parents.
"Many of these child care tragedies occur because of weak child care regulations and a lack of funding to support even basic licensing, inspections, and training programs," says Linda Smith, Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
WASHINGTON, DC - Linda Smith, leader of the nationally renowned military child care system and former child care legislative staffer for Sen. Kennedy, has taken over as the new executive director for the NACCRRA, the nation's network of child care resource and referral (R&R). Smith has been directing policy and partnerships at NACCRRA since November.