2018 Child Care Aware® of America Symposium and Annual Meeting

About 2018 Symposium

Child Care Aware® of America is celebrating 30 years in the child care community at the Child Care Aware® of America Symposium 2018 – Celebrating Passion and Persistence. Igniting Possibilities. The Symposium is the biennial event that brings together child care experts, Child Care Resource and Referral leaders and staff, child care providers, researchers, policymakers, parents, students, and anyone interested from across the country come together to discuss the hottest topics of research, policy, and practices of interest to the early child care and education community.

This year has been extremely special as Child Care Aware® of America celebrated 30 years of growth and accomplishments. We are honored to have you help celebrate the closeout of Child Care Aware® of America’s 30th Anniversary.


Symposium 2018 Schedule at a Glance

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This biennial event addresses, including in learning more about all aspects of child care. Learn more about plenary topics that were covered during the 2016 Symposium here.

Who Should Attend

The Symposium is particularly relevant to:

  • 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

Please join us April 17 – 20, 2018 to help us celebrate this momentous occasion.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Are you a family advocate? Child Care Works, powered by Child Care Aware® of America is pleased to announce the recruitment of family advocates to join the 2018 Symposium Conference.

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Register Early and Save! Get the best rates when you register early. Bring your family, staff or become a Child Care Aware® of America member and save even more.

Registration Rates Early Bird Regular Rate On-Site
Until 1/7/18 1/8/18 – 4/8/18 After 4/8/18
Member $479 $529 $579
Non Member $549 $599 $649

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Child Care Aware® of America has negotiated a limited room block at the discounted rate of $329 per night plus taxes at the Washington Marriott Marquis. Don’t miss out on our special room rate—these rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington DC, 20001

Reserve your Hotel Room

Attendees can also call the Washington Marriott Marquis at 1 (800) 228-9290 to make hotel room reservations. Please mention the Child Care Aware® of America 2018 Symposium special room rate when calling.

Deadline: Special room rate ends on March 27.

Questions? If you have questions or need additional assistance with registration, please contact Marlana Kelly via email [email protected] or phone 703-341-4115.

Child Care Aware® of America 30th Anniversary Gala

To conclude our 30th Anniversary Campaign, Child Care Aware® of America is hosting a gala on April 20, 2018. This fundraiser will help support our efforts towards ensuring that every child and family in the United States has access to affordable, high-quality child care and early education.

Symposium registrants who wish to attend the 30th Anniversary Gala ticket will be able to select the $100 ticket during registration for Symposium. Nonmembers and members who are not attending the Symposium can purchase tickets separately below:

30th Anniversary Gala Tickets
Registrants (attending Symposium) $100  Limited Availability
Members (not attending Symposium) $150
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Nonmembers (not attending Symposium) $250
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Table for 10 $2250
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Find out more about our 30th Anniversary Gala here.


Special Thank You to Our Sponsors


Special Reception Sponsor


Sponsorship Opportunities

You are invited to take advantage of this bi-annual event to support the field of child care and early learning while you promote your company or products at our Symposium – there are various sponsorship levels to fit every budget and need.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Find out more about becoming a sponsor:

Become a Sponsor

Questions about sponsorships? Contact Jennifer Park at [email protected].

Call for Presentations

We are looking for individuals who work with or for the child care community who can bring thoughtful, solutions-based presentations that are the heart of our programming, and we welcome proposals on a variety of topics. Find out more about the criteria and qualifications and how you can submit your proposal:

2018 Call for Proposals

Deadline Passed


Missed the 2016 symposium? View the highlights here.

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