Advocacy Toolkit

Public Policy Agenda & Advocacy Resources

Here are some helpful resources and links for several additional policy topics related to child care.

Public Policy Agenda – 2016-2017

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies and other community partners to ensure that all families 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 research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families.


Advocacy Toolkit

The advocacy toolkit is your “one stop shop” for taking action to strengthen child care policies. Today, there are nearly 11 million children under the age of 5 in some type of child care arrangement every week while their parents work.

Make sure you are equipped with the resources necessary to work toward safe, quality, affordable child care for our nation’s children.

Tool Kit Basics (PDFs):


The Office of Child Care

The Office of Child Care at the Administration for Children and Families supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and after school programs.

Office of Child Care (OCC) homepage

Program Data and Statistics

  • Using the information collected on the reports submitted by states, tribes and territories, OCC is able to put together data on various CCDF topics, such as the average monthly percentages of children in care by age group, the percentage of children served by type of care and the child care co-payment as a percent of monthly income. This data is further broken down by state/territory.

Child Care Technical Assistance Network


Capitol Connection Newsletter

Child Care Aware® of America provides updates to keep all interested in early childhood policies aware of the latest information.

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