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Strengthening Our Investment in Working Families and Child Care

From Rachel Schumacher, Director of the Office of Child Care In the Office of Child Care (OCC), we know that investing in expanding access to affordable, high-quality child care not only supports the economic stability of low-income working families but also grows our national economy overall. We also know that it is difficult for many families to pay for high-quality child care. Too many parents still struggle with a choice between the economic security of work and the security of knowing their children are in a safe and nurturing child care setting. Although the median income for families in this country is just over $55,000 a year, the average cost of infant child care is $10,000 a year—a

Moving Child Care Forward Post-Election

An open letter from the National Women's Law Center, Child Care and Early Learning November 10, 2016 Dear Fellow Advocates, We share with you a deep concern with the messages that came out of this election, and with the current landscape. We are all assessing what it means for all our work on behalf of women and their families. In the House, there are now 238 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with 4 seats yet to be decided - two in Louisiana and two in California. In the Senate, there are now 51 Republicans and 48 Democrats, with 1 seat yet to be decided. The Administration and Congress will be controlled by one party for at least the next two years. In the midst of our challenges, there may

Class of '27 - A PBS Video

Filmed in the hollows of Appalachia, on native lands of the Upper Midwest and in West Coast migrant camps, Class of ’27 presents distinct yet complementary personal stories from places too often ignored in America. Each of the three portraits demonstrates that children from distressed communities, despite their circumstances, are more likely to grow into productive and civically engaged adults if they receive support in their earliest years. Committed to supporting the children’s potential, each community is a place of hope, inspiration and resilience. For the full video, click here: http://www.pbs.org/program/class-of-27-america-reframed/

Brenda’s Child Care, LLC - September 2016 Child Care Provider of the Month

Congratulations to Brenda Petith and the staff at Brenda’s Child Care, LLC in North Logan, Utah. They have been named Provider of the Month for September 2016! The Provider of the Month campaign was launched in May 2015 in conjunction with Provider Appreciation Day on May 8 of that year to honor outstanding child care providers and early childhood educators who exemplify what it means to be a high-quality care provider for children. Providers like Petith go above and beyond to be outstanding in their field—and putting child health first is a large part of that work. At Brenda’s Child Care, there is emphasis on nurturing the healthy growth of the children in their care. This includes activiti

Meet NICCA's Newest Board Member: Tammy Charles

Tammy Rene’ Charles is the Director of Education at the Wyandotte Nation in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. Tammy joined the Education Department staff of the Wyandotte Nation in November 2001. Prior to tribal employment, Tammy was a licensed home child care provider and was a staff member at Vinita Pubic Schools. She currently serves as the Director of Education with service prior as Child Care Resource and Referral and Intake Manager. Tammy oversees the education and workforce, library, and child care and development fund program. The Wyandotte Nation operates a year round program that provides before and after school care as well as 3- and 4-year old Preschool services for 100 children. A comprehen