Child Care Aware® of America has joined forces with Parents Magazine to urge Congress to focus on the national child care crisis, launching a letter-writing campaign that will advocate for minimum protections for children in child care.
“The Child-Care Crisis” – an article in the December issue of Parents that outlines the difficulties families face in finding affordable, quality care – asks readers to get involved and write to their members of Congress in support of these protections.
Child Care Aware® of America and Parents are calling for safeguards such as comprehensive background checks for all caregivers, at least one unannounced inspection per year, and at least 40 hours of initial training and 24 hours of annual training for caregivers in health/safety and child development.
Child Care Aware® of America and Parents support these priorities as part of the reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to states for child care. The CCDBG has very few rules to provide reasonable protections for children and has not been updated since 1996.
Child Care Aware® of America is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at www.usa.childcareaware.org.