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Why ‘Child Care Deserts’ Are A Pretend Problem

Thursday, September 28, 2017

In a new report, the Center for American Progress is trying to make 'Child Care Deserts' a metric to drive government policies.

You remember food deserts, don’t you? The government constructed a metric claiming there were insufficient full-service supermarkets within poor urban areas, so the major supermarket chains needed to be shamed or incented into locating in these neighborhoods. 

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How smart tax reform can boost early education for our children

Thursday, September 28, 2017

By listening to the current tax reform debate, one might think only corporations and adults stand to benefit. But if done tactfully, a critical yet overlooked group can also reap the rewards: America’s kids. The current state of early care and education in this country falls short of where it should be. Congress should incorporate a workforce investment credit model as part of tax reform to help ensure healthy childhood development and a strong talent pipeline in the future, as was done in Louisiana... READ MORE FROM THE HILL HERE

 

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Small Businesses Face Barriers to Affordable Child Care, Support Expanded Access

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Small business owners know how important it is to retain a productive and talented workforce. Lack of access to affordable child care, however, is hurting small businesses and their workforce by increasing absenteeism and decreasing productivity. It should come as no surprise then that new scientific opinion polling found small businesses support expanding federal programs to help low- and moderate-income families afford child care, and that many small business owners themselves struggled to access affordable child care.

A national scientific opinion poll conducted August 14-16, 2017 for Small Business Majority by Public Policy Polling found that among small business owners who are parents (nearly 9 in 10 respondents), more than 1 in 3 (36%) say a lack of access to affordable, high-quality child care was a barrier to starting their business. Conversely, nearly 3 in 10 small business owners with children (29%) stated that lack of access to child care was a major reason for starting their own business due to the need for increased flexibility in their work schedules. Both findings show that access to child care is a key consideration and challenge for our nation’s entrepreneurs as they launch their businesses. Read More Here...

 

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Business Case for Child Care

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

(National Women’s Law Center) - The National Women's Law Center has been working to expand and diversify the community of supporters for child care to more comprehensively include the business community. In line with these efforts, NWLC released a new Business Case for Child Care Fact Sheet that outlines a strong argument for why child care is good for business. Read more from NWLC here...

 

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2017 Most Admired CEOs: Chad Dunkley

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chad Dunkley, CEO of New Horizon Academy, defies a classic CEO stereotype – he never puts the bottom line first. For a CEO running a company dedicated to increasing early-education opportunities for kids, that's an invaluable mentality. "We really believe in doing the right thing for the kids," Dunkley said. "We often say that our CFO has the toughest job, because most of us sit around the table and say, 'There's this new thing and it's the best thing to do for kids,' and we just look at the CFO and say, 'You find a way to pay for it.' "

Dunkley, himself, is an example of the successes of New Horizon's child care programs. His mother founded the company, and Dunkley and his brother were two of its first students. Since then he's stayed in the classrooms, spending time as a teacher's aid, waxing floors, supervising cleaning crews and working on the company's financial side. In 2002, he became chief operating officer and moved into the CEO position three years ago.

New Horizon has opened 22 new centers since 2002, and plans to open nine more in the next year, including expanding into Iowa and Colorado. The company serves nearly 10,000 children every day. Read More Here...

 

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National Report: Early Childhood Program Participation, Results from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2016

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  

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Missing an opportunity, Democrats go hard left on child care assistance

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(American Enterprise Institute) - Last week, Democrats introduced legislation outlining significant reforms to the country’s main child care assistance program for low-income families — the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program. “The Child Care for Working Families Act” aims to provide “A comprehensive early learning and child care bill to ensure affordable, high-quality child care for working families across the country.” 

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Congressman Jared Polis visits CSU’s Early Childhood Center

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Colorado representative Jared Polis visited Colorado State University’s Early Childhood Center Monday afternoon to gain a better understanding of pre-schools as part of his initiatives to provide more access to education. Read More Here...

 

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The big difference in how Ivanka Trump and the Democrats are tackling child care

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

For families across the country, child care is now an expense that rivals rent or mortgage payments. Democrats want to make it an entitlement, similar to social security or Medicare which, they hope, would make the service affordable for every struggling familySen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.) unveiled an ambitious proposal last week for taxpayers to cover most of the day-care bill.

Under the plan — backed by 27 Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — the federal government would subsidize state day-care programs for children up to 13 years old and wages for child-care workers, whose average earnings hover just above the national minimum wage. Read More Here From The Washington Post...

 

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Denver says businesses quick to adopt gender-neutral rule for bathroom signage

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

We’ve all experienced the plight — you sprint to the restroom as your bladder is on the verge of imploding only to find the single-occupant bathroom relative to your gender occupied — while the other is empty. What to do? Well, a Denver rule is set to take effect next spring which mandates non-gendered signage for single-stall and family bathrooms, and many businesses have already embraced the rule, the city says. 

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