2012 Program and Schedule

The 2012 National Child Care Policy Symposium
Sponsored by NACCRRA
March 6-10, 2012
Washington, D.C.

2012 FINAL PROGRAM   ( 6.21 MB )
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Pre-Symposium Session
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
1 - 4 p.m.

Race to the Top/Early Learning Challenge Fund: Framework for the Future
States that were awarded Race to the Top funding will share their state plans and how they demonstrated their ability to implement comprehensive early learning education reform that is ambitious and achievable.


Lunch with Keynote
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
12:15 - 1:45 p.m.

Making the Economics Case for Investing in Young Children

  Join Rob Grunewald, Associate Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, for Wednesday's keynote.

As businesses demand workers with higher levels of skills and governments make do with limited resources, the economic case for investing in young children continues to strengthen.  Promoting effective early childhood programs addresses both the opportunities and challenges facing the ecomony and public budgets.  Longstanding reserach and recent pilot projects provide a framework to convince policymakers that focusing resources on young children makes economic sense.

Grunewald conducts regional economic research and is co-author of Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with a High Public Return, an economic policy paper, which has been featured in the media, legislative hearings, and seminars throughout the United States.

Grunewald serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency, Think Small: Leaders in Early Learning, the advisory board for First Children’s Finance Growth Fund and as vice president for the Minnesota Economic Association.

Grunewald holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and religion from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.  



Closing Plenary Session
Saturday, March 10, 2012
8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Quality and Quantity - How Can We Achieve Both?
Nearly 1.6 million children receive fee assistance through the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG). It is this law that supports parents' ability to work. Yet, CCDBG has very few provisions that protect children and ensures their health and safety. How can we resolve the ongoing debate about the number of children served and the quality of care they receive? 


2012 FINAL PROGRAM   ( 6.21 MB )  

Click here to view Schedule-At-A-Glance ( 63.48 KB ) 


NACCRRA Turns 25!
Join us on Thursday, March 8, 2012, as NACCRRA celebrates our 25th Anniversary at Symposium!
Click  here for more information and to purchase a ticket to the event! 

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