Lynette Fraga, Ph.D.

Lynette Fraga, Ph.D.
Lynette M. Fraga, Ph.D., Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA), has been a passionate practitioner, advocate, and leader in the field of child care and early learning for more than 25 years. Dr. Fraga’s experience in Military Child Care, higher education, federal programs, and corporate and non-profit executive leadership distinguish her as a leader with subject matter expertise. Her experience working directly with children and families, educators, national leaders and federal officials positions Child Care Aware® of America to be the nation’s leading voice on child care in policy, practice, and research.

Recent Posts

FY21 White House Budget Proposal

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on February 11, 2020

In response to the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) Executive Director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement:

 “The President’s FY 2021 Budget falls well short of meeting families’ needs. The proposal lacks the robust, long-term investment the child care system needs to ensure our children thrive. In addition, the very same families who struggle to access child care, are hit hard by the proposed Budget’s plans to cut or weaken the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medicaid, the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG), and other critical safety net programs.

Topics: Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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Changes to the Scope of Public Charge Rules

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on February 07, 2020



Update Feb. 6 - On Jan. 30, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the new public charge rule will be effective as of Feb. 24, 2020, everywhere in the U.S. except Illinois, where a statewide preliminary injunction remains in place. This means that any green card applications that are postmarked or submitted electronically as of Feb. 24 will be subject to the new, broader public charge test. The DHS final rule only applies to immigrants who are applying for lawful permanent residency within the United States or who wish to apply in the future.

Topics: Business Operations for CCR&Rs, Family & Community Engagement, Policy & Advocacy

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CCAoA's Statement on FY2020 Appropriations and Early Childhood Funding

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on December 20, 2019

Congress and the White House have officially approved federal funding for the remainder of FY2020, reaching a bipartisan agreement that provides more than $1 billion in increased funding for federal early childhood programs, including:

Topics: Policy & Advocacy, News

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Child Care Aware® of America Statement on the White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave: Supporting America’s Working Families

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on December 12, 2019

In response to today’s White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave, Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) Executive Director Dr. Lynette M. Fraga released the following statement:

Topics: Policy & Advocacy

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Giving Thanks for Child Care Professionals, Advocates and Policy Wins

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on November 27, 2019

As Thanksgiving nears, we've been reflecting on the things that we're grateful for this season. First and foremost, we're thankful for the child care professionals who are taking care of our nation's 12.5 million children under age 6 who are in child care. These providers work long hours, for often unlivable wages, to provide safe, high-quality care for our youngest family members. We are so thankful for the time and love they give to the children in their care. 

Topics: News

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Statement from Executive Director on the Passing of MaryLee Allen

By Lynette Fraga, Ph.D. on June 20, 2019

MaryLee Allen, who for more than 40 years was a leader in advocacy for children’s welfare, health and safety with the Children’s Defense Fund, passed away on June 13, 2019. Allen joined CDF in 1974, the year after it was founded, where she worked on CDF’s first-ever policy report, Children Out of School in America. More recently, she worked to ensure the passage and effective implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act child welfare law.

Topics: Systems Building, Workforce, Family & Community Engagement

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