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Did you miss it? Your voice is still important -- so call TODAY!

Yesterday was the national day of action on child care! If you called your elected officials -- THANK YOU! If you missed it, that's okay! You can still make a difference. Our friends from across the nation, including Child Care Aware of America, Child Care Works, NAEYC, CLASP, NWLC, NAFCC, NBCDI, YWCA, and ZERO TO THREE called in and we need your voice for Native children! Even if you missed yesterday's national day of action, please take a few minutes today and call your representatives and request that the appropriations chairman increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) by $1.4 billion in the FY 2018 appropriations bill. Without this additional funding, state

Congressional Baby Caucus Briefing on Thursday, March 30

On Thursday, March 30th, the Congressional Baby Caucus will be hosting a briefing from 10:30AM – 11:30AM in Rayburn HOB, Room 2255 about preschool expulsion and implicit bias. Preschoolers are expelled from their programs at three times the rate of K-12 students. Most alarming, African American children and especially boys are the most vulnerable. A distinguished panel will give an overview of new research on the role implicit bias might play in early childhood programs. Confirmed speakers include: Walter Gilliam, Ph.D., Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy, Yale School of Medicine Howard C. Stevenson, Ph.D., Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Educatio

Take Action on Thursday, March 30 -- Contact your Elected Officials about Child Care

On Thursday, March 30, NICCA and our partners are having a call-in day to focus specially on child care. On that day, we’re asking the field to call and urge their Representatives to request that the Appropriations Chairman increase funding for the Child Care and Development Block Grant by $1.4 billion in the FY 2018 appropriations bill. Without this additional $1.4 billion, states will not be able to implement the important reforms contained in the CCDBG Act of 2014 while maintaining the current number of children served. Already, there has been a significant decline in the number of children served, with 373,000 fewer children receiving child care assistance in 2015 than in 2006. As of Feb

Participate in the National Survey of Family Child Care Networks

From our partners - Erikson Insitute National Survey of Family Child Care Networks We want to hear from you! Does your organization offer services targeted to family child care providers and/or family, friend, and neighbor caregivers? Erikson Institute is conducting a national survey of networks and other staffed programs that provide a menu of on-going supports to home-based child care providers (including family child care and family, friend, and neighbor caregivers). The survey seeks responses from program directors from any of the following organizations: Child care resource & referral agencies that have programs specifically targeted toward family child care providers and/or family, fri

The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) Announces New Executive Director

From our partners Former NARA president-elect Jim Murphy assumes leadership post Minneapolis, Minn. – January 25, 2017 – The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA), an international nonprofit association representing all human care, including adult care, child care, and child welfare services, is pleased to announce the hiring of new executive director, Jim Murphy, effective immediately. Murphy previously served as NARA’s president-elect. Upon an extensive, nationwide search, Murphy was hired for the position by Management HQ, an association management company which provides NARA with staffing and administrative services. “After a thorough review and hiring process, Manage

Kind Hearts Day Care – January 2017 Child Care Provider of the Month

Congratulations to Julie Hume and the staff at Kind Hearts Day Care of Princeton, Minnesota. They have been named Provider of the Month for January 2017! 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 Hume go above and beyond to be outstanding in their field—and putting child health first is a large part of that work. At Kind Hearts Day Care, there is an emphasis on providing a developmentally stimulating environment that promotes science, technology,

New Resources From the State Capacity Building Center

We are pleased to share several new resources from the Child Care State Capacity Building Center (SCBC). SCBC works with State and Territory leaders and their partners to create innovative early childhood systems and programs that improve results for children and families. Its priorities are enhancing the effectiveness of programs implemented under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program, improving the quality and supply of infant-toddler services, and advancing the development of early childhood systems. We welcome you to use these resources and to share with others who might benefit from them. Infant-Toddler Resource Guide. This guide offers materials to support the development