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Child Care Aware

Author: Kennedy, Lorrie
Source: eWorkforce Newsletter, July/August 2001

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Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions families make, but all too often they must rely on word-of-mouth. Child Care Aware is a nonprofit initiative committed to helping parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community. This initiative is a program of the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Child Care Bureau, the Administration for Children and Families, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Through the use of local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) organizations, parents can take the guesswork out of choosing care. CCR&Rs offer parents referrals to local child care providers, supplying information on state licensing requirements, availability of child care subsidies, and other pertinent information. The CCR&Rs can provide guidance by phone, in person, or on the internet, tailored to each individual family.

Advice for parents on the Child Care Aware website includes a step-by-step guide to selecting child care, a state guide to licensing information, and information about accreditation to national standards of quality for child care organizations. Tools for parents include the child care connector, evaluation of a provider, finding summer care, making child care agreements, and more.

NACCRRA also publishes the Daily Parent newsletter for working parents, which offers the latest information on child development issues, tips for finding quality child care, and numerous resources for busy parents and child care professionals.



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