Child Care Aware(R) of America Announces 2014 Symposium

Early childhood education, child care professionals, to address policies, practice of child care in America

ARLINGTON, VA., Feb. 4, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Child Care Aware ® of America's 2014 Symposium will take place April 2-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. This three-day event will focus on child care and early education policies referenced in President Obama's 5th State of the Union address and bills currently before Congress, as well as research, practice and innovation approaches for child care that are shaping how families access quality child care.

"This is the year of opportunity for children and families," said Child Care Aware® of America Executive Director Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D. "There are several key policies before our state and national leaders in 2014 that can make unparalleled change for the 11 million children in child care in the United States. We're thrilled so many high quality organizations will join us at our 2014 Symposium to make sure these policy changes come to fruition and collaborate around best practices, research and innovative approaches that are helping children learn from birth."

Symposium offers opportunities to connect with thought leaders, Congressional staff and early care and education professionals from across the nation. Special events include:

  • More than 20 breakout sessions in areas of Policy, Research, Practice and Innovation
  • Guest appearance by Sesame Street character in partnership with Sesame Workshop
  • Day on the Hill, in-person meetings with members of Congress

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Generations United, ZERO TO THREE and the National Head Start Association are a few of the speakers confirmed for the event. The full program including a list of speakers, topics and session times is available at

The Child Care Aware® of America 2014 Symposium Gold sponsor is Community Playthings. Additional support provided by Kaplan, Child Care Resource Center (CCRCLA), Knowledge Universe and Lakeshore Learning.

For more information about Child Care Aware® of America's event or to register for Symposium visit or email

Education, policy experts available for interviews.

About Child Care Aware® of America

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 agencies and community partners to help ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that strengthen the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake nationally recognized research, and advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit


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