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Child Care Aware® of America’s Policy Symposium to Kick Off on Wednesday

April 9, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Child Care Aware® of America’s Policy Symposium – the premier conference that addresses issues affecting local, state and federal public policy for children in child care – gets underway tomorrow, with some 400 registrants in attendance who are committed to improving the quality of and access to child care and other early learning programs.

“At a time when early learning is a priority on the national scene, Symposium gives us the opportunity to come together to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face moving forward,” said Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America. “Together, we can move the needle on quality, accessible child care and influence policy that ramps up investment in our nation’s future, our children.”

Symposium offers an opportunity to hear from thought-provoking speakers, exchange ideas with leaders from across the nation, and participate in break-out discussions, hot topic training sessions and professional development seminars on topics ranging from fund development to childhood obesity.

Highlights of Symposium 2013 include: 

  • Presentations from and dialogue with national leaders in the Administration, such as Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, Director, Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Shannon Rudisill, Director, Office of Child Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.


  • The release of Child Care Aware® of America’s public policy agenda and We Can Do Better, the organization’s ranking of state child care center regulation and oversight.


  • Parents @ Symposium – 12 parents from ten states chosen to represent local families, meet with policymakers and advocate for improved child care options.


  • Day on the Hill, which gives participants the opportunity to advocate for legislation critical to ensuring quality accessible child care for all children.


  • A new Health Aware event, a wellness expo designed to engage child care professionals with industry experts who can help them develop high-quality healthy eating and physical activity programs for children.


  • A Thought Forum that challenges attendees to examine alternative options to better finance an affordable, quality child care system.


  • A half-day Fund Development seminar with experts from the Foundation Center – the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide – to learn the basics of fund development and map out a clear framework of “next steps” to take when beginning a fundraising program or enhancing an existing one.

To learn more about Symposium, click here.

Child Care Aware® of America 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 high quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate 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 us at