2013 Students @ Symposium

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Students @ Symposium

April 10-13, 2013

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Washington, D.C.


Undergraduate and graduate school students with an interest in public policy initiatives are invited to take part in the Child Care Aware® of America Policy Symposium at a special rate of $75. The fee includes participation in state caucus activities and admission to Health Aware, a one-day wellness event.



Opening Session with Keynote Speaker

Morning Sessions

Congress 101: How a Bill Becomes a Law. Learn the differences between the Senate and the House of Representatives and explore how a bill moves through the legislative process. This session will increase your overall understanding of the federal legislative process.

Congress 201: The Child Care and Development Block Grant –Key Provisions in Current Law and why they Need to be Strengthened. What is in the Child Care and Development Block Grant law? This session will take a closer look at the law and identify important opportunities to help shape it, and how you can make a difference.

Parent Panel. Personal stories have impact. This session will bring together three parents who will share their stories of child care challenges, each connecting to recommendations in our public policy agenda.

Breakout Sessions (deeper dive, state models and messaging):

  • Training
  • Background Checks
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Parent Engagement

Afternoon Sessions

Congressional Panel. House and Senate staff and members of the Administration will discuss the budget, issues on the agenda for reauthorization and take questions from participants.

Public Policy Agenda. Child Care Aware® of America’s Public Policy Committee will present the 2013-2014 Public Policy Agenda. Members will talk about the work of the committee, the process in drafting the policy agenda, and highlight key areas of interest.

State Caucuses. Students will be able to join their state delegations as they strategize for Day on the Hill.


Day on the Hill provides an opportunity for attendees to schedule appointments and meet with U.S. Senators, Representatives and staff to help inform them of the importance of quality, safe, affordable child care. In addition, we will offer action steps for follow up throughout the year

NEW! Health Aware, part of the 2013 Child Care Aware® of America Policy Symposium, will bring regional child care professionals and wellness experts together to  develop high-quality nutrition and physical activity programs for young children. Health Aware features two trainings led by Dr. Linda Carson, founder and CEO of Choosy Kids, LLC, a company devoted to developing healthy preferences early in life. Learn more and register here.


Morning Session

 Applying Basic Marketing Principles to Promoting Early Education. Bill Millett, President of Scope View Strategic Advantage, will lead a plenary session to get participants thinking creatively about reaching target audiences. Millett’s session will be followed by breakout groups, each taking what was learned in the plenary and applying it to a real-life solution. The morning will conclude with your very own “make and take” strategies you will use to promote your child care message(s) when you go home.

Afternoon Session

Thought Forum moved from Saturday! This year’s Thought Forum will challenge participants to examine alternative options to better finance an affordable, quality child care system.  As long as families depend on annual appropriations from Congress and the states to finance child care, progress toward safe, quality child care will remain an elusive goal. Be part of a new paradigm of thinking – a Thought Forum to challenge us all.



To register for Symposium 2013, click here and select the student rate when prompted. Valid student ID required.