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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.

See what we did during the 2018 Symposium here.


Family Advocacy Summit


This year CCAoA and Child Care Works are excited to again sponsor families to join the Symposium via the Family Advocacy Summit. The sponsorship will include travel, room, and board. We anticipate that we will begin accepting applications in late December or early January 2020.


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 meeting with their Congressional representatives 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 will be connected with local Child Care Resource and Referral agency’s to continue their advocacy journey at home.  


If you are passionate about early childhood education, believe that no parent should have to choose between their paycheck and their children, and want to elevate the critical role of early care and education — we invite you to join us! Read reflections from one of last year’s advocate’s, then visit to learn more about the movement and watch for the application to open.




Who Should Attend?


Anyone engaged in the field of child care or has an interest 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.




Registration Rates


Registration for the 2020 Symposium will open on October 6th, 2019.


2020 rates are as follows:


Registration Rates

Early Bird

Ends 12/4/19 








Non Member $579









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 our room block closes on April 10, 2020 (unless we sell out before this date).


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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