Lynnette M. Fraga, Ph.D., comes to Child Care Aware® of America from Care.com, a global care companyproviding a forum for families seeking care support, where she served as Vice President of Early Care and Special Populations. While there she supported the company’s commitment to identify care solutions for children with special needs, support military-connected families identify care options for their loved ones across the lifespan, and support the development of quality partnerships in the public and private sectors.
Prior to Care.com, Fraga was at ZERO TO THREE, the national nonprofit whose mission is to support the healthy development of babies and toddlers, where she served as the Chief Program Officer responsible for leading and managing the organization’s comprehensive array of programs and services. A content expert on the social and emotional needs of infants and toddlers, she played a key role in improving the quality and availability of training for infant toddler professionals within the Early Head Start and child care communities. Fraga also created and directed ZERO TO THREE’s Military Family Projects initiative that supports infants and toddlers in military families.
Early in her career, Fraga worked in the field of special education, subsequently taught young children and later used that foundation to coordinate and direct early childhood programs for the military. Throughout her career, she has been engaged and played leadership roles in early childhood development and mental health practice, administration, training and research.
Fraga holds a doctoral degree from Kansas State University in Family Studies, a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, graduate coursework in early childhood education at Cameron University and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona.