Kim Engelman

Kim Engelman
Dr. Kim Engelman was selected to join Child Care Aware® of America as a family advocate for the first time in 2011, after she played a central family advocate role in the introduction and passage of “Lexie’s Law”, a transformative Kansas State child care law that was enacted in 2010. In 2015, Dr. Engelman joined Child Care Aware® of America’s staff team where she uses her expertise and knowledge from her career in academic medicine to advance Child Care Aware® of America’s family and community engagement efforts.

Recent Posts

Your On-the-Go Consumer Education Brochure Suite

By Kim Engelman on February 11, 2020


The process of searching for child care is undeniably one of the most difficult processes for families with young children to navigate. Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agencies play a critical role in partnering with families to ensure they have information to make the right child care choice for their family. We are excited to share with you a newly refreshed suite of on-the-go child care information brochures that you can use to bolster your own consumer education offerings.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Family & Community Engagement, En español

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Family Voices: Gratitude for Family Advocates who Fuel Policy  Advancements

By Kim Engelman on February 18, 2019

Engaging families meaningfully in child care advocacy has been central to Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA)’s mission for over a decade. The voices of families as they share their child care experiences are critically important to contextualizing the child care system challenges that we face nationwide. I have had the privilege of personally getting to know many of the family advocates that have partnered with CCAoA over the years. This year’s call for family advocate applicants has closed and notifications of acceptance have been sent to selected advocates. I adore being witness to the excitement as I see a flood of social media posts and personal notes from family advocates as they share proudly that they have been selected to join us for this year’s Child Care Works Summit.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories

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Family Engagement: What IS IT and What Does It LOOK LIKE?

By Kim Engelman on October 05, 2017

Every week in the United States, nearly 11 million children younger than age five are in some type of child care arrangement, many of whom spend 30 hours or more per week in out of home care.  Over 100,000 of Kansas children are served through Kansas early care programs. Early care and education settings are a critical extension of the family home with continuity between the two being of prime importance.

Topics: Systems Building, Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices

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Family Voices Successful at Driving Federal Policy

By Kim Engelman on September 01, 2017

In the Spring of 2017, families from across the nation joined early care and education system professionals in Washington, D.C. These families traveled from all four corners of the United States including Washington, California, Florida, Maine and 18 other states in between. It was incredible to witness the diversity this group encompassed and their passion to unite on behalf of children and families across the country.

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, Family Stories, News

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Child Care Aware® of America Introduces the Family Voices Blog/Vlog Series

By Kim Engelman on May 22, 2017

Welcome to our Family Voices Blog/Vlog series! Grab your favorite cup of coffee or tea to enjoy while you immerse yourself in the real-world child care experiences of families from across the nation. These stories all have been written or video logged by people just like you and me who care deeply about the child care choices they have and see immense value in the opportunities that early care and education services offer for children, families, employers, and communities.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Best Practices, Parenting, News

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Webinar: Serving Young Homeless Children under CCDF

By Kim Engelman on September 19, 2016

Join Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) and the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) for a webinar on serving homeless children under the Child Care and Development Fund Program.

Topics: Systems Building, Policy & Advocacy, Health & Safety

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