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Dr. Lynette M. Fraga named Executive Director for Child Care Aware® of America

September 20, 2012

Inline ImageArlington, VA-- Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA, the National Association for Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies) announced today the selection of Dr. Lynette M. Fraga as the Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America, the nation's leading voice for child care. In this capacity, Dr. Fraga will lead the organization’s vision and strategic direction in partnership with the Board and staff.

Board President Dr. Michael Olenick said, “The Board of Directors was unanimous in choosing Lynnette as our next Executive Director. She brings a depth and breadth of experience in child care. She has supervised large staff groups, managed large budgets, has a military background, and has relationships inside the Beltway. Most importantly, she appreciates the importance and uniqueness of being a membership organization. We look forward to a great working relationship for many years to come."

Dr. Fraga comes to Child Care Aware® of America from, a global care company providing 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, Dr. Fraga was at ZERO TO THREE, the leading 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. As 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. Dr. 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, Dr. 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. 

Dr. 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. Dr. Fraga starts in her new position on October 11.

Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA), is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research and advocate for child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit