2017 Child Care Aware® of America Policy Summit

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

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Child Care Aware® of America 30th Anniversary
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Marriott Marquis Washington, DC

April 17-20, 2018



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 engages professionals in the field and our Child Care Works grassroots advocates and provides information on policy that informs, educates, and assists attendees in building their policy strategies.

Sessions 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 includes our annual Day on the Hill event, which gives 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.

Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out, was the opening plenary speaker and shared 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 included:

  • 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.

View the 2017 Program

Download the 2017 Policy Summit Toolkit

Special Note to Parents

This year CCAoA and Child Care Works sponsored more than 45 family advocates to join the Policy Summit as part of the Family Advocacy Summit. The sponsorship included 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 

Read a blog post written by Travis Jones, a parent advocate who had the opportunity to attend the 2017 Summit. This blog post is originally published on his employer’s website BeachFleischman.

Sponsor Spotlight

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



April 23 – 25, 2017

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

Registration is closed as the event has passed


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

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

View the Digital Program

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Family Advocate Scholarship Donor


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Change Maker Sponsors



In-Kind Sponsor

Child Care Aware of America

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