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ChildCareAdvocacy.Org was founded by child care providers with a conviction that, as providers, we do great things for the children and families in our communities. We need a forum to talk about child care policy and solutions from the child care provider's perspective. It's a critical voice that is often missing from the national debate. While our main focus is connecting empowering child care providers everywhere, we invite child care advocates, government and education leaders, elected officials, parents and anyone else interested in learning more about child care policy from a real world, child care provider perspective to participate in all that CCA.Org offers. We are stronger when we all work together.
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Shaun Rose, a former litigator, public school teacher, and political advisor, and current nonprofit, center based child care provider, interviews Dr. Syretha Storey, a MD child care center director and owner of The Child Care Company. Dr. Storey and Shaun discuss things providers can do to support each other, the need for more focus on self care, and the biggest issues facing providers today. Shaun also talks about the need for MD providers to send in comments on the proposed licensing regulations (more information can be found at http://www.mocomscca.org/blog), and the latest news on the Kirwan Commission's proposed changes to MD's public education system and addition of a Universal Pre-K scheme (see these links for more details: MD Association of Counties Blog & Conduit Street Podcast, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/theres-good-reason-for-jitters-about-marylands-massive-school-spending-plan/2019/10/18/6f1f6d6e-f10e-11e9-b648-76bcf86eb67e_story.html, https://www.baltimoresun.com/education/bs-md-what-is-kirwan-commission-20190930-d76c5hkgkrfutomwzdax7ls6b4-story.html). To get connected or to share your own opinions and stories, visit ChildCareAdvocacy.Org, Twitter (@ChildCareAdvoc) and/or Facebook (Child Care Advocacy.Org). 
Shaun Rose, a former litigator, public school teacher, and political advisor, and current nonprofit, center based child care provider, interviews Elliot Haspel, author of Crawling Behind: America's Child Care Crisis and How to Fix It. Elliot and Shaun discuss the issues with our current system of child care, including the difficult & often illogical choices we have to make in an under-resourced system, and Elliot's ideas about what we need to do fix things.To get connected or to share your own opinions and stories, visit ChildCareAdvocacy.Org, Twitter (@ChildCareAdvoc) and/or Facebook (Child Care Advocacy.Org). 
Shaun Rose, a former litigator, public school teacher, and political advisor, and current nonprofit, center based child care provider, discusses child care advocacy at the Maryland State Board of Education. The written testimony Shaun and Ross submitted can be found starting at p.3 of the linked pdf and here are links to the audit showing deficiencies with paperwork and background checks and the article about the previous audit.  Links to some of the other topics raised: infant & toddler innovative idea request in Indiana, Joe Biden's child care v school debate comment, the latest bipartisan Senate proposal - Small Business Childcare Investment Act, the Kirwan Commission and Shaun's post on "The Problems with Pre-K from a Provider Perspective". The other Podcast referenced was That Early Childhood Nerd, episode 119 "Using Our Voice" (and sorry, I think I said she was from Illinois and I meant to say Indiana). To get connected or to share your own opinions and stories, visit ChildCareAdvocacy.Org, Twitter (@ChildCareAdvoc) and/or Facebook (Child Care Advocacy.Org). 
Shaun Rose, a center based provider, and Jacqueline Grant, a family child care provider, discuss feedback on their 1st two podcasts and their opportunities to advocate both the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Shaun references a book review related to the debate between formal instruction & assessment vs. less formal instruction focused on play which can be found here: https://www.educationnext.org/more-play-will-save-our-schools-book-claims-review-let-the-children-play-sahlberg-doyle/. To connect with them and share your own opinions and stories, visit ChildCareAdvocacy.Org or follow them on Twitter (@ChildCareAdvoc) and Facebook (ChildCareAdvocacy.Org). 
Shaun Rose, a center based provider, and Jacqueline Grant, a family child care provider, discuss their regulatory agency, the Maryland State Department of Education's Office of Child Care. The hosts discuss different regulatory structures that exist in other states and the strengths and challenges to how they operate. They talk about child care subsidies, their experience with child care licensing, their efforts to push back on continued expansion of regulations with unfunded mandates, and ideas for how it could be better. To connect with them and share your own opinions and stories, visit ChildCareAdvocacy.Org or follow them on Twitter (@ChildCareAdvoc) and Facebook (ChildCareAdvocacy.Org).
Shaun Rose, a center based provider, and Jacqueline Grant, a family child care provider, discuss child care policy and advocacy issues. Using their backgrounds as both elected and appointed representatives of child care providers in their state, the hosts discuss where we are today with child care policy and what work we need to do to ensure we can have quality and economically vibrant child care programs that can give children and families what they need in an affordable way. The hosts draw on their experiences meeting with elected officials at the State and local levels as well as serving on many different task forces and committees to give ideas and inspiration to other child care providers. They hope not only to connect more child care providers together, but also bring more focus to the child care provider point of view so that elected officials and advocates better understand. To connect with them, visit ChildCareAdvocacy.Org or follow them on Twitter (@ChildCareAdvoc) and Facebook (ChildCareAdvocacy.Org).
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