Midwest Women and Children’s Services Board Member Receives National Honor
Nutrition Training for Calmer Children and a Better-Performing You
Is sunscreen safe for babies? How much physical activity minimum is healthy for children? Test your knowledge with this fun and interesting Kid's Health quiz.
Help for families struggling to pay for quality child care, such as the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), is, pivotal to supporting quality child care in the nation. Strategically, states are already investing CCDBG funds in raising the quality of child care programs, as well as in efforts to improve affordability of and access to child care that support workforce participation throughout the economy.
Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the “Child Care for Working Families Act of 2017.” This legislation would greatly assist millions of families in gaining access to quality and affordable care.
Starting October 1, all child and adult care centers and child care homes receiving federal funds from the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must implement new nutrition standards that include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. The new standards also encourage breastfeeding and better align with WIC and other child nutrition programs, such as school breakfast and lunch.
"One of the biggest safety concerns parents have is that children are safe in the care of child care providers." - Child Care Aware of America
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Quality care is difficult to afford for working families as increases in the cost of child care outpace increases in family income.
Arlington, VA, November 4, 2013 - The cost of child care continues to rise while families struggle to afford quality care, according to a new report from Child Care Aware® of America.
Today, a number of forces are competing for the play time and physical activity so essential to children’s health. A fast-paced lifestyle, changes in family structure and increased attention to academics and enrichment activities all encroach on physical-play time.
Child Care Aware® of America’s recently released a research paper found that state policies related to the inspection of child care programs are lax in many states.