Child Care

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  New Hampshire is changing the way it handles criminal background checks for day care providers under a law signed this week by Governor Hassan. 

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A recent study finds New Hampshire families pay some of the highest rates in the nation for childcare. We explore the economics of the issue, including the financial challenges facing childcare centers and the impact on the state's workforce. We also look at solutions being explored by lawmakers in Concord and on Capitol Hill.

Brady Carlson, NHPR

Childcare for infants in New Hampshire is the 12th most expensive in the nation, according to a new report from a group calling for broad reform on childcare affordability across the country.

Giving Matters: Childcare Assistance

May 30, 2015
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The Ossipee Children’s Fund was not created by a municipality. It is an NGO, started by caring people in the community who saw a need. The grassroots organization helps to pay for child care, education, recreation and enrichment programs for children from low-income families in Ossipee and surrounding communities. 

Giving Matters: Giving Families A Hand Up

May 23, 2015
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Nicole Jordan was a stay at home mom, looking after her daughter when her husband was laid off. She turned to the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County, “that was the first time I encountered them. And we got fuel assistance back then because we still had some savings.” It helped the Jordans bridge the gap while he looked for a new job. 

The Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that helps people with basic needs while promoting self-sufficiency. 

The First Decade: Early Education in N.H.

May 20, 2015
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We continue our series The First Decade with early education.  Research shows that a child’s foundation for success in school is established at a very young age, through high-quality care at home or at pre-school - and in New Hampshire, moving from half to full-day kindergarten.  Yet, some also caution that how we teach our youngest kids is just as important as where.

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Finding great day care can be hard. Sometimes finding any day care can be hard. Just ask Meghan Hoye of Merrimack, who tried everything to find a place for her three kids.

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A new program helps refugees earn money by training stay-at-home moms to be entrepreneurs in the child care industry.


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You may be familiar with the ordeal of introducing children to broccoli and spinach.  Two new studies suggest that finicky eaters might have picked up their discriminating habit in the womb. Forget genetics, personal responsibility, and discipline. Your taste for junk food and soda may have a lot to do with how your mother satisfied her cravings.

Kristin Wartman, is a food, politics and health journalist. She recently wrote about the new science of food choices for the New York Times.

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New Hampshire officials are working on an application for a federal Race to the Top Grant for Early Childhood Education. If the state is selected in this round, it could receive up to $37.5 million dollars to support initiatives to improve childcare and preschool programs all over the state. While there is growing interest in pre-k issues the challenges standing in the way of better or more affordable childcare are daunting.