2017 Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit

United States Capitol Rotunda. Senate and Representatives government home in Washington D.C.

Join us for the Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit from April 23-25, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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The Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit is an event addressing policy, practice, and the future of the early childhood field. The Policy Summit will engage professionals in the field and our Child Care Works grassroots advocates and provide information on policy that informs, educates, and assists attendees in building their policy strategies.

Sessions will cover action items around discussing public policy as well as legislation and regulations with policymakers across the local, state, and federal levels. Finally, the Policy Summit will include our annual Day on the Hill event, giving child care advocates an opportunity to put the skills they have learned into action, meet with their Congressional representatives, and position child care initiatives at the forefront of the political conversation.

We are pleased to announce that Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out, will be the opening plenary speaker. Mr. Schmitz will share his insight and expertise on how EVERYONE in their community is a leader in their own way, and how these leaders have a huge impact on social change. He is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up and has been named three separate times to The Nonprofit Times list of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America. Find out more about Paul.

Session highlights include:

  • A changing landscape for resource and referral,
  • The future of child care in America,
  • Effectively managing business/program operations,
  • A closer look at our recent Child Care Deserts report, and
  • Topical sessions on emergency preparedness and health as they relate to child care.

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Special Note to Parents

This year CCAoA and Child Care Works are sponsoring more than 45 family advocates to join the Policy Summit as part of the Family Advocacy Summit. The sponsorship includes registration, travel, room, and board. Visit ChildCareWork.org/AdvocacySummit to learn about the program and selected family advocates.


Click the video above to view last year’s “Day on the Hill” event and learn how you can be a part of the movement!


Sponsor Spotlight

Be sure to check out our latest sponsor spotlight on digital literacy featuring Nick Jaworski of Circle Social.



April 23 – 25, 2017


Member Non-Member Deadline
Regular Registration $249 $299 April 16
On-Site Registration $299 $349 April 17-25

Note: All registrations must be purchased by 12 a.m. ET within the period during which the applicable rate applies.

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Room rates starting at $289 a night! Reserve your room before March 17, 2017 to secure this special rate.

Please use the link below to book your room at the Washington Court Hotel. Attendees can also use group code CCAA0417 to receive this special rate when booking directly with the hotel. Just minutes from the Capitol, this hotel will host the 2017 Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit.

Washington Court Hotel on Capitol Hill
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington DC, 20001

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Who Should Attend

  • Child care resource and referral agencies
  • Government and state network agencies
  • Child care and education community advocates
  • Child care and education consultants
  • Industry suppliers of products and services
  • Child care research professionals
  • Child care education and academic professionals
  • Child care providers
  • Students
  • Family members (e.g., parents and grandparents)
  • Universities
  • Nonprofits
  • Businesses
  • State and national coalition partners

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Sponsorship Application

For more information about scholarship or sponsorship opportunities, please contact, Dawn L Brown at Dawn.Brown@usa.childcareaware.org or call 571-303-2341.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Family Advocate Scholarship Donor

Gold Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors


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