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April 9, 2013

    We Can Do Better: 2013 Update: Child Care Aware® of America’s Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight

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    Each week, nearly than 11 million children younger than age 5 are in some type of child care setting for an average of 35 hours...

April 8, 2013

    Capitol Connection Guidebook 113th Congress, 1st Session, A Congressional Resource for CCR&Rs

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    From understanding the process, to building relationships, to mastering the issues -- this primer provides the tools you need to be an effective advocate and become involved in the legislative process on Capitol Hill.

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August 15, 2012

    Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2012 Report

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    Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2012 Report provides information about the cost of child care from a recent survey of Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) State Network offices and local agencies. Child care costs were reported for infants, 4-year-olds, and school-age care in centers and family child care homes in...

June 22, 2012

    Child Care in America: 2012 State Fact Sheets

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    Child Care in America: 2012 State Fact Sheets provides data advocates need to understand the circumstances families face as they balance supporting their families and providing their children with child care that is safe, healthy and promotes early learning.

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April 24, 2012

    Child Care Training and Technical Assistance: Improving the Quality of Child Care: White Paper, May 2012

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    Child Care Training and Technical Assistance: Improving the Quality of Child Care: White Paper reports how CCR&Rs offer child care provider training and TA services. 

    In the fall of 2011, Child Care Aware® of America surveyed state network agencies and CCR&R member agencies about their services to...

March 18, 2012

    Leaving Children to Chance: 2012 Update

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    NACCRRA assessed state policies for small family child care homes, where up to six children are cared for in the home of the provider for compensation.

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February 20, 2012

    Capitol Connection Guidebook 112th Congress, 2nd Session: A Congressional Resource Manual for CCR&Rs

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    From understanding the process, to building relationships, to mastering the issues -- this primer provides the tools you need to be an effective advocate and become involved in the legislative process on Capitol...

October 8, 2011

    Child Care: Like the Military, Is It Time for Shared Responsibility?

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    "Child Care: Like the Military, Is It Time for Shared Responsibility?" reviews the evolution of child care in the United States and compares and contrasts child care policies implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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October 3, 2011

    State Budget Cuts: America’s Kids Pay the Price, 2011 Update

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    State Budget Cuts: America’s Kids Pay the Price, 2011 Update provides an illustrative list of state budget cuts in 2010 affecting children. This report is an update to a similar report released last year. What is clear is that the recession may be technically over, but the weak economy continues to fuel state...

September 13, 2011

    We Can Do Better: 2011 Update: NACCRRA’s Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight

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    Member: $12.00, Non-Member: $15.00

    More than 11 million children younger than age 5...

September 12, 2011

    The Economy’s Impact on Parents’ Choices and Perceptions about Child Care

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    The Economy’s Impact on Parents’ Choices and Perceptions about Child Care presents information on a nationwide poll of 1,000 parents with children under age 12 and their child care choices and perspectives in the current economy. The report revealed that quality and cost remain the most important factors.

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August 12, 2011

    Child Care in America: 2011 State Fact Sheets

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January 21, 2011

    The Thorman Strategy Group Evaluation of the 40-Hour Initial Pre-Service Training for Entry-Level Child Care Providers

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    Based on key competency areas of the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, NACCRRA's Child Care Essentials: A Comprehensive Initial Training is a self-paced 40-hour online course which covers an extensive range of child care topics, including: preparing a secure environment for children, adapting to the unique characteristics...

March 2, 2010

    Child Care in America: Parents' Perspectives

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    During NACCRRA's 2010 National Policy Symposium, held March 9-13, in Washington, D.C., NACCRRA hosted 44 parents from from 31 states. These dedicated parents traveled to our nation's capital to share their personal child care experiences directly with policymakers. All of the stories and experiences are compelling, but they are just a fraction...

February 25, 2010

    Leaving Children to Chance: 2010 Update: NACCRRA’s Ranking of State Standards and Oversight of Small Family Child Care Homes

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    Member: $12.00, Non-Member: $15.00

    This is NACCRRA’s fourth year of ranking state child...

February 22, 2010

    Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update

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    Parents and the High Cost of Child Care: 2010 Update presents information about the average cost for child care in individual states for infants, preschoolers and school-age children in child care centers and family child care homes. Data were collected from a nationwide survey of State Child Care Resource and Referral...

August 15, 2009

    Comparison of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) with Department of Defense Standards for Quality

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    This report examines QRIS standards for child care centers and family child care homes in the 19 states with state-wide QRIS to provide information about which QRIS level (or levels) in each state meet Department of Defense criteria for child care quality.

    A Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) is a comprehensive approach to...

February 3, 2009

    Parents' Perceptions of Child Care in the United States: NACCRRA's National Parent Poll

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    Member: $8.00, Non-Member: $10.00

    With nearly 12 million children under age 5...

January 29, 2009

    Unequal Opportunities for Preschoolers: Differing Standards for Licensed Child Care Centers and State-Funded Prekindergarten Programs

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November 12, 2008

    Making Quality Child Care Possible: Lessons Learned from NACCRRA's Military Partnerships

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    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...

September 26, 2008

    Grandparents: A Critical Child Care Safety Net

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    Member: $12.00, Non-Member: $15.00

    NACCRRA's 2008...

April 28, 2008

    What Do Parents Think About Child Care? Findings from a Series of Focus Groups

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    Member: $12.00, Non-Member: $15.00

    As more...

    What Do Parents Think About Child Care? Findings from a Series of Focus Groups

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    Member: $12.00, Non-Member: $15.00

    As more...

March 21, 2008

    Latino Parents’ Perception of Child Care in the United States

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March 7, 2008

    Covering the Map: Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies Providing Vital Services to Parents Throughout the United States

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    Member: $12.00, Non-Member: $15.00

    This report takes an in-depth look at the...

January 19, 2008

    Keeping Children Safe: A Policy Agenda for Child Care in Emergencies

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    This report serves as the foundation for a national awareness campaign/ policy agenda to ensure that children are safe in a time of crisis

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July 6, 2007

    Knowledge Into Practice: NACCRRA’s Survey of Child Care Resource & Referral On-Site Technical Assistance

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    Building upon the findings and recommendations of NACCRRA’s earlier report on Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) training, Knowledge Into Practice further illustrates that CCR&Rs are poised to support a national child care training and technical assistance network. The report details the results of NACCRRA’s national on...

January 19, 2007

    Air Force/NACCRRA

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    This report details the success of two-year partnership between NACCRRA, the United States Air Force, and 12 CCR&R agencies to increase the quality of civilian child care in communities near 15 Air Force bases.

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January 4, 2007

    NACCRRA's National Survey of Child Care Resource and Referral Training

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    The results of NACCRRA's national training survey indicate that Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) are poised to lead our nation in establishing a national community-based training system. The centerpiece of this report is a 12-point plan to create such a system - built from the existing infrastructure of CCR&R - to...

September 26, 2006

    Child Care in 13 Economically Disadvantaged Communities

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    This report compares the need for child care to its supply in 13 urban communities across the United States that are economically challenged. Funded in part by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this research shows that, within these communities, the supply of licensed and regulated child care falls far short of the demand, and even if the supply...

    Is This the Right Place for My Child? 38 Research-Based Indicators of High-Quality Child Care

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    Member: $8.00, Non-Member: $10.00

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