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About the Biennial Symposium


Child Care Aware® of America's Symposium is a biennial event that brings together individuals from across the country to discuss research, policy and practices related to the early child care and education community.

This year's four-day event offers opportunities to connect with thought leaders, Congressional staff and early education professionals from across the nation. It concludes with participants spending May 6th meeting with Congressional representatives from their states educating them about the importance of policy changes that advance safe, affordable, and high-quality child care for families across the country. 

See what we did during the 2018 Symposium here.


Who Should Attend?



Anyone engaged in the field of child care or has an interest in or concern for accessible, quality, affordable child care will find Symposium a valuable investment. Child Care Resource and Referral executives and their teams appreciate the professional development and networking opportunities, their policy staff take advantage of the Day on the Hill event, and child care providers/early educators take away innovative ideas and approaches to enhancing family and community engagement opportunities.


Want to attend, but need help convincing your supervisor or State Administrator? Download our Justification Document that outlines the benefits and costs associated with attending the 2020 Symposium. 





Family Advocacy Network


Child Care Aware® of America has been bringing members of our Family Advocacy Network to Washington, D.C., for over ten years as part of our commitment to elevating family voices in important policy conversations. The 2020 Symposium presents another opportunity for a select number of family advocates to join the event via sponsorships that include paid travel, room and board. Applications will be open from January 2– 17, 2020 and awards will be announced by the review panel later in the month. 


Family advocates selected to attend this year’s event can look forward to building their advocacy skills during trainings lead by policy experts in the industry. They will network with experienced advocates and state and national leaders. And, they will meet with Congressional representatives from their states to advocate for policy changes that advance safe, affordable, and high-quality child care for all families across the country. Before advocates leave the event, they also will connect with local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to continue their advocacy journey in their home communities.


This year’s awardees will represent a spectrum of child care experiences and include both new and seasoned advocates. While we are doing targeted recruitment in select states (Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin) applicants from all over the nation will be considered in our competitive review processes. Read reflections from one of last year’s advocates to learn more about past events and send your questions to




Registration Rates

2020 Symposium rates are as follows:


Registration Rates Regular




Non Member






Pre-conference Option

Sunday, May 3, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Price $279

Seating is limited! Register today!


Emergency Preparedness for Child Care Providers: Training-of-Trainers Opportunity


Children and families count on providers to be prepared when disasters strike. Help child care providers take action with this special pre-conference training-of-trainers opportunity.


Child Care Aware® of America’s emergency preparedness training-of-trainers gives participants the resources needed to help child care providers:

  • Understand recognized child care emergency preparedness standards and discuss how to incorporate them into a written emergency plan
  • Identify and discuss emergencies that may affect their program
  • Recognize ways to support the emotional needs of children and caregivers after an emergency
  • Identify resources available to support child care emergency preparedness

The training features a variety of instructional approaches, including small group discussions and interactive simulations covering a variety of threats and challenges including natural disasters, infrastructure failure, utility disruptions, and human threats. Training participants will receive a trainer guide, PowerPoint slides, and supplemental resources which may allow them to train the topic to child care providers in their community or state (state trainer/training approval processes should be followed).



Optional Offsite Excursions

Monday, May 4, 2020

5:00 p.m.

Price: $30 - transportation


Looking to have a little fun while you work?

We have planned 3 offsite excursions for attendees. You may decide to make reservations for dinner or go shopping at The National Harbor, go on a shopping trip at the Tanger Outlets, or try your luck at the MGM Grand Casino or do all three!The rate of $30.00 per person, covers the cost for a round trip bus ride. 


Select the off-site excursion ticket during registration or purchase tickets separate from registration, using the link below.

 Transportation Ticket only




Not Interested, but would like to venture out to explore on your own? We will have maps of the metro and a list of things to do available at the registration desk, for your convenience.








Book your stay at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The room block rate is $249.00. Accommodations are on a first-come, first-served basis and the room block is available until April 10, 2020 or until the rooms in the hotel room block are sold out.


Make your hotel Reservation here or call the Crystal Gateway Marriott at (703) 920-3230.


Crystal Gateway Marriott 

1700 Richmond Highway

Arlington, VA 22202



About Child Care Aware® of America


Child Care Aware® of America is a national membership-based nonprofit organization working to advance affordability, accessibility, development and learning of children in child care.


We are the only national nonprofit organization that focuses exclusively on child care and serves as our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 400 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies nationwide. These agencies assist over 860,000 families a year secure child care and provide training and support to child care providers. Together, we advocate for child care policies that improve the lives of children and families and lead research that advances the child care and early learning field.


We are honored to support all branches of the military in their commitment to providing quality, affordable, community-based child care for all military families.


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