Hurricane Harvey

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  Child Care Aware of America has been keeping the child care world up to date with impact and information that child care providers and their support systems can use as they experience this natural disaster. 

  • Informational website to help support the needs and of those experiencing and recovering from the hurricane.  
  • Report damage to your child care program by texting "HARVEY" to 59925.
  • There is a tool to to help you assess the damage to your program when it is safe to return. 

The Child Care Landscape (as of the evening of August 30th)

  • New estimate: Over 4,400 child care programs are within the 14 counties that have been impacted by Harvey. Of those, nearly 3,000 are Harris County.

Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building