Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D.
As Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., is a passionate practitioner, advocate and leader in the field of child care and early learning, working to advance the accessibility of quality child care experiences for all children.
Dr. Fraga has over 25 years of experience as an educator, program director and executive leader working on behalf of children and families. Since her selection in 2012 as the Executive Director at CCAoA, Dr. Fraga has sought to position Child Care Aware® of America as the nation’s leading voice on child care in policy, practice and research. As an authority on child development, Dr. Fraga serves in an advisory capacity on a number of national panels and committees that have included the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Early Childhood (COEC), the Institute of Medicine Early Care and Education Collaborative, Healthy Kids Healthy Futures Steering Committee, NAEYC’s Power to the Profession Task Force, and the Early Care and Education Innovation Collaborative (ECE IC). In addition she currently serves on the boards of Generations United, whose mission is the improve the lives of children and youth and older people through intergenerational collaboration, policies and programs; All Our Kin, an organization that trains, supports and sustains community child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life; and Let’s Grow Kids, whose mission is to ensure that by 2025, every Vermont family has affordable access to high-quality child care in a self-sustaining system. Dr. Fraga also served as the Chair of the Children’s Leadership Council (CLC), a coalition of 55 leading national organizations that worked together to improve the health, education and well-being of children and youth.
Dr. Fraga began her career in early childhood as a teacher in infant, toddler and preschool classrooms, and has since held positions at the local, state and national level within the nonprofit, corporate and higher education sectors.
Dr. Fraga holds a doctoral degree in Family Studies from Kansas State University, a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Arizona.