2018 Child Care Aware® of America Symposium and Annual Meeting

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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 April 17-20, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis. 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.

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Day on the Hill

Child Care Aware of America and Child Care Works advocates are heading to Capitol Hill again this year as part of the 2018 Symposium. Mark your calendar for Thursday, April 19, 2018, and join us for a 9:00 a.m. kick-off rally, followed by visits with elected officials. More information about the event, along with lobbying tips, helpful one-pagers, and legislative asks will be coming as we get closer to the date.

Find out more about our 2018 Day on the Hill


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.

Why Should You Attend?

There are so many wonderful reasons to attend Symposium 2018 but here are our top 3!

  1. Hear from Outstanding Experts in the Community
    Our speakers are leaders, practitioners, researchers, government/state network professionals, and peers. You’ll get a solid grounding in current policy trends, learn about new research, and gain insight into innovative practices that some of your peers are using, and that might change how you approach your daily work. This year we are excited to bring you a special plenary session: A Framework for Financing Early Care and Education. It will feature a panel from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on Financing Early Care and Education with a Highly Qualified Workforce. You will be one of the first to hear from them following the release of their report in February. We will also offer a question-and-answer session later in the day.
  2. Find Solutions 
    No matter how long you’ve been working in the child care community, there likely are still challenges you’re struggling to manage. Trends, new strategies, and innovations (or policies) are being introduced all the time. You’ll have an opportunity to explore solutions to your challenges through interactions with industry leaders and peers. This year our breakout sessions are arranged into tracks to help you tailor your learning to meet your own individual needs. Our tracks include: Business/Organizational Systems, Early Childhood Education, Professional Development, Family and Community Engagement, Policy/Advocacy, and Health.
  3. Share Ideas and Learn From Others
    Having an opportunity to share your story and ideas not only helps others but boosts your confidence in the work you do. You’ll have a chance to do both—share and learn—during our engaging breakout sessions. You will also be able to sign up for a one-on-one Technical Assistance session with our Child Care Aware® of America team members. As your National Association, we are here to support you and help you tackle those challenges back home.

See More Reasons to Attend

Want to come but aren’t sure how to get your supervisor’s approval? No problem. Download our justification document to help explain the benefits of the event along with pricing and lodging details. Simply download, fill in the blanks, and turn it in to your supervisor. We hope to see 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.

We are no longer accepting applications. Thanks to all of the parent advocates who’ve applied! All applicants will be notified later this month.


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 Regular Rate On-Site
1/23/18 – 4/8/18 After 4/8/18
Member $529 $579
Non Member $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 events@usa.childcareaware.org 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 from 6-9 p.m. 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.

Even if you can’t make it, you can still participate in the silent auction fundraiser. Items are up for bid until the evening of the gala (April 20) at midnight. 

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30th Anniversary Gala Tickets
Members $150
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Nonmembers $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


First Five Years Fund




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Missed the 2016 symposium? View the highlights here.

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