Get an idea of what the child care landscape looks like through licensing standards and overall reporting from Child Care Aware of America as well as resources and databases the Office of Child Care has created.
t's moderately good news! The best part of the news - they didn't cut child care funding. It was actually increased, which says a lot in this political and budgetary environment.
The Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) got an increase of $95 million and Head Start received an $85 million increase.
Resources to help you prep for the food program new and improved meal pattern implementation date.
The Administration for Children and Families has released the final rule for CCDBG/CCDF. You'll find some resources from ACF and some possible organizations to follow as they ramp up to service your needs. This will impact you - educate yourself.
Last week, the final rule for the new CACFP Meal Patterns was released and the House CNR bill - which directly impacts CACFP was introduced. Find out more!
Too many acronyms! If you are in child care, these impact you and it's important to keep your ears and eyes open to best understand what they mean for you and your state.
If you subscribe to any child care mailing lists (or all of them as I am) you have received at least one message (or 20) about the federal budget and the new Child C.A.R.E. Act. Let's take a moment and appreciate the incredible number of organizations and people rallying around children, child care and early learning - Thank you for all of the work you are doing.
Let's take a look at some of the things we learned and resources we can use to best understand these big announcements.
The states are submitting plans to show how they are going to implement the new changes and the feds are providing guidelines about it. It's time for you to pay attention and speak up with needed with constructive feedback. Learn more.
2015 was a big year for child care and early education as bipartisan bills were passed, programs were funded and organizations and individuals continue to recognize the impact of a child's development has in their homes, communities and ultimately our nation's future. Some bulleted points for you!
If you are a CACFP Sponsoring Organization, part of a local or state child care association, state agency or other local and state organization please email email@example.com the name of the organization and state you are representing. Providers, tell your local organizations to support you. Ask them to sign the letter! They can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of their organization and state they are representing.