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Grandparents know the value of high-quality child care

Today’s blog post comes to you courtesy of NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies. Grandparents’ Day is today. Grandparents know how important child care is – both for children and their early childhood development and for parents, who need a safe place where their children can learn while they work or attend school.

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) conducted a nationwide poll of grandparents to find out their views on child care. Grandparents feel even more strongly than parents that public policy should support high-quality child care.

More than 9 in 10 grandparents (94 percent) support requiring training for child care providers including classes in child development, first aid and CPR, and in recognizing signs of child abuse.  Grandparents also overwhelmingly support requiring inspections of child care programs (94 percent), setting basic standards of quality (91 percent), improving health and safety in child care programs (91 percent), and requiring all types of child care programs to meet basic standards of quality (87 percent).

In honor of Grandparents’ Day, it’s time to join grandparents in urging Congress to strengthen child care policy. Children in child care should be safe and in a setting that promotes their healthy development.  Urge your Members of Congress today to reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), the federal law that allocates funds to the states for child care.

CCDBG reauthorization is long overdue.  The law has not been reviewed in 14 years.  On this occasion of Grandparents’ Day, remind Congress that we want our children in child care settings that are safe and promote their healthy development!

Visit NACCRRA’s action center to send a letter to your Members of Congress and then forward the link to every grandparent and parent you know!

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