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Child Care Quality Matters: Provider Training and Provider To Child Ratio Influence School-Readiness

March 26, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - The quality of child care is critical to the well being and future success of nearly 12 million children under age 5 cared for in child care in the United States. News regarding a recent study suggests that spending time in child care makes children more likely to exhibit behavioral problems in sixth grade. But, as researchers of the report emphasized, the behavior of children in the study was within normal range.

New State Report Card on Child Care: States Fall Short in Protecting Children's Safety & in Promoting Learning in Child Care

February 28, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - A new state report card released today reveals that states fall far short of meeting basic requirements needed to protect the health and safety of children in child care, and to promote their school readiness. Out of 150 possible points, the average state score was only 70 points.

Chevron Corporation & Nadine Basha Honored for Outstanding Support of Children: Presented NACCRRA Child Care Leadership Award

February 28, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - On March 2, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) will honor Chevron Corporation and Nadine Basha with its Child Care Leadership Award. Presented during NACCRRA's Annual Policy Symposium, this award recognizes one company and one individual for their outstanding efforts to support the development and learning of all children.

National Policy Symposium Marks 20 Years for Children: NACCRRA Releases State Report Card on Child Care

February 19, 2007

WASHINGTON, DC - Later this month, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) will celebrate 20 years as the nation's leading voice for child care during its Annual Policy Symposium. The conference will culminate with NACCRRA's release of a report card ranking states on their child care standards and oversight.

New National Community-Based Training System Proposed to Improve Quality of Child Care

January 15, 2007

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.

New Research Underscores Importance of Helping Parents Identify High-Quality Child Care

November 27, 2006

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.

Is Child Care Ready?: New National Planning Initiative Will Prepare Child Care Programs For Disasters

August 14, 2006

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.

National Poll Reveals: Parents Most Concerned About Quality of Child Care

May 10, 2006

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.

New Report: Child Care Fees More Expensive for Families than Housing

February 1, 2006

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.

Congress Sits on Critical Legislation While Children Are in Unsafe Child Care

July 12, 2005

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.

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