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Anne Hedgepeth

Anne Hedgepeth
Anne Hedgepeth is a government relations and grassroots advocacy strategist, with experience motivating policy change at the local, state, and federal levels. As Child Care Aware® of America’s Deputy Chief of Policy, she manages the organization’s public policy work, as well as supporting the advocacy and awareness efforts of child care resource and referral agencies and advocates across the country. Hedgepeth previously worked with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) to successfully pass the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and to update and implement Title IX regulations and guidance in schools across the country. Hedgepeth earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Gender Studies from Davidson College and a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University. Contact Anne at

Recent Posts

How to Advocate for Child Care from Home (in 5 Steps!)

By Anne Hedgepeth on May 07, 2020

An in-person meeting. It’s one of the most powerful tools we have in our toolbox as advocates. But what do we do when we can no longer sit down, face-to-face, and have a conversation with our representatives? 

Advocacy has never been more important, so we can’t just put one of our best tools away. We have to adapt to the circumstances to make sure we’re still having the biggest impact we can for ourselves and for working families who need access to safe and reliable child care.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Survey: Majority Support for Dedicated Child Care Funding

By Anne Hedgepeth on April 28, 2020

This week, Child Care Aware® of America and the Save the Children Action Network released the results of a nationwide survey that confirms for us what we’ve known since this crisis began:

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Coronavirus

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Congress' COVID-19 Response: What You Need to Know

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 19, 2020
Updated March 27, 12:50 p.m.

With all the news and updates around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), it can be difficult to grasp the proposals put forward by Congress. Below you will find a summary of each proposal passed or under consideration so far:  

Topics: Workforce, Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Recommendations to Policymakers in Response to Coronavirus

By Anne Hedgepeth on March 16, 2020

Early childhood education programs are essential for the millions of children and families they serve and play an important role during emergency public health and economic emergencies. As schools close, families need back-up child care. As communities work to ensure no child goes hungry and essential personnel are able to handle emergencies, child care providers need resources and guidance to help assist families. And, as attendance fluctuates, child care business owners need reassurance that they will be able to pay their bills.  

Policymakers can act using these recommendations from Child Care Aware® of America to ensure that child care programs can weather this growing public health and economic crisis, and to ensure families continue to have access to the care they need.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety, Coronavirus

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Use The US and the High Price of Care Report to Advocate for Child Care Policies

By Anne Hedgepeth on October 25, 2019

At Child Care Aware® of America, we understand the importance of translating research findings into actions. Each year, our network of passionate advocates use our research to advocate for child care policies that increase access to affordable, high-quality child care.  This research drives public dialogue on the issue and informs policymakers and advocates in their work. The US and the High Price of Child Care is no different in its ability to support advocacy for change.  

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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