Nationally, 64% of all mothers return to work within the first year of giving birth (NACCRRA
, 2011); however, without reliable, high-quality child-care options, women and farm families face significant challenges.
Along this line of thinking, in the 2006 report on childcare prices, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, (NACCRRA
) highlighted a number of recommendations to engage states and federal government in helping to make childcare more affordable for working parents.
In 2006, the national average annual wage for a child-care worker was $18,820 (NACCRRA
We Can Do Better: NACCRRAs
Ranking of State Child Care Stands and Oversight.
Referring to my work with and observation of dozens of associations across the country, I explained to the NACCRRA
audience that I've pinpointed four basic association types based on the vision an organization creates and markets to its members and prospects.
Environmental health inspections, performed prior to the licensing authority's issuance of a facility license and, in some states, in order to maintain or renew the license, consist of a walk-through facility inspection to assess the overall environmental safety of the building (AAP, 2011; NACCRRA
(27.) National Association of Childcare Resource and Referral Associations, We Can Do Better: 2011 Update: NACCRRA
's Ranking of State Child Care Center Regulation and Oversight (Washington, DC, 2011).
Only 6.9% of Texas child care centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NACCRRA
; 2009), therefore, it would have been very challenging to recruit a sample of teachers from accredited programs for this pilot study.
Also, the Navy has also partnered with the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA
) to subsidize high-quality, off-base civilian care for military families through an effort called "Military Child Care In Your Neighborhood" and "Operation Military Child Care." The program provides subsidies to deployed families using licensed child care.
For the spouse of a deployed Guard or Reserve service member who may now be looking at a reduced income with a larger need for child-care support, the process can be even more overwhelming," said Linda Smith, executive director of NACCRRA
(37) The Nation's Network of Child Care Resource and Referral (NACCRRA
), Congress Extends the Current Welfare Reform Law for Six More Months and Pushes Final Work on 2005 Child Care Spending Till After Elections, at http://www.naccrra.org/policy/?id=40 (last visited February 14, 2005) [hereinafter NACCRRA].
As reported in the recent publication We Can Do Better: NACCRRA
's Ranking of State Child Care Standards and Oversight (National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, 2007), state child care licensing agencies varied in the requirements related to professional development for teachers.